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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I quite recognise and appreciate the difficulty which the Minister has stated. But my object was not to secure absolute parliamentary control of the constitution of the Council, but to prevent, possibly at a very critical time, the exercise of any political, or commercial, or other pressure -on the Minister to interfere with, or colour its composition. If a set number were prescribed in the Act, the Minister could not alter that number no matter what pressure might be brought to bear upon him, or what influences might be at work. But I recognise my honorable friend's difficulty. I think that until the Act has been brought into operation, it will be impossible for any one to determine what the strength of the Marine Council should be, and therefore I regard the Minister's amendment as probably the best solution of the difficulty at this juncture.

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