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Wednesday, 18 June 1902

The CHAIRMAN - I point out to the honorable member that an amendment of that kind will not be in order, because the Governor-General has no power to appoint a select committee.

Mr O'MALLEY - I find I have overlooked the effect of the last division. I intended to propose the amendment to which I have referred on the assumption that the

Governor-General had been omitted from the clause.

Mr DEAKIN - I move -

That the word "three" be omitted, with the view to insert in lieu thereof the word "one."

After the discussionwhich has taken place, it may be desirable to reconsider some of the later clauses, from clause 19 to clause 24. I shall not ask honorable members to review them to-night, but shall take it for. granted that, if we substitute one commissioner for three, honorable members will desire that we should also, so far as possible, prune the procedure provided for in the later clauses of this Bill, with a view to adopting a simpler method of bringing the proposals of the commissioner before Parliament.I think it is the wish of the committee that the one commissioner shall submit what has been termed the ground-work of the proposal, and, that, if possible, some of this elaborate procedure should be omitted.

Amendment agreed to.

Progress reported.

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