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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- I agree with the right honorable member for Cowper (Dr. Earle Page), and support his amendment. I also deprecate the tone adopted by the honorable member for Barton (Mr. Lane). It is regrettable that, simply because some honorable members may in all sincerity disagree with others upon certain aspects of the Government's proposals, they should be charged with endeavouring to secure the adoption of amendments almost, identical with proposals that have already been rejected. The Minister and his supporters should realize that there is honest disagreement with the Government on this matter, and they should be prepared to listen to the views of the minority, even if they cannot accept the amendments submitted. This amendment is entirely different from that rejected by the committee prior to the luncheon adjournment. If an appointment made by the commission is not approved by the GovernorGeneral, the position will not be affected so far as the commission is concerned, because that body will still have the right of selection. All that the amendment means is that the person appointed shall be approved of by the GovernorGeneral, which, as we all know, means the Government.

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