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Thursday, 15 July 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - With regard to the subject just mentioned, will the Government consider the advisability of allowing the Chambers of Commerce to manage affairs in regard to trade and commerce and all that sort of thing, and so obviate the need of the Government interfering in those matters?

Senator PEARCE - If the inference to be drawn is that the Associated Chamber of Manufactures exceeded what was their function-

Senator de Largie - They just step in and take the business of the Commonwealth Government into their own hands.

Senator PEARCE - Some time ago, when offers of assistance were made in regard to the supply of munitions, the Commonwealth Government announced publicly that they welcomed all such offers, whether they came from the State Governments, Chambers of Manufactures, Chambers of Commerce, labour organizations, or any other source. The Associated Chamber of Manufactures took action on that suggestion and constituted committees in the States in conjunction with the State Governments, Chambers of Commerce, and labour organizations, all of which I understand are under the proposals adopted yesterday to be amalgamated into one body in each State.

Senator de Largie - All that we need to do is to hand over the referenda questions to the Employers Federation.

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