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Thursday, 15 July 1926

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Plain - I ask the honorable senator to confine his remarks to the amendment.

Senator McHUGH - My remarks are relevant, as I intend to connect them with the question before the committee. After Parliament goes into recess, the Prime Minister intends leaving to attend the Imperial Conference, at which matters of international importance will be discussed, and I suppose questions vitally affecting the trade and commerce of Australia will be considered. Doubtless the agreement between the Secretary of State for the Dominions and the Commonwealth Government will be under consideration, and the Prime Minister, on behalf of his Government, will inform the Imperial authorities that, under this measure, a commission has been appointed the chairman of which is to hold office for seven years. It has frequently been found that persons who have been appointed to important positions for a long term of years have been able to take advantage of technical provisions in measures which have been hurriedly disposed of.

Senator Pearce - I rise to a point of order.- I thought we were discussing the tenure of office of members of the commission.

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