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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr DEAKIN - I wish to direct the attention of honorable mom ben to an item which relates to our own Chamber. Upon a former occasion the Committee decided to strike out the footnote upon page 8 which relates to Mr. Speaker, and which reads - " If returned again 'to Parliament, salary to continue, notwithstanding the dissolution, until the meeting of the new Parliament." That has been re-inserted, in order that Mr. Speaker may be placed in the same position as the President of the Senate and certain Speakers elsewhere. The President's term of office does not expire until the 31st December, and his election dates from the 1st January. Consequently where the President is re-elected there is no break in his service. He continues in his office from one session to another. In several of the States, including Western Australia, special Acts have been passed to effect this object, because it has been recognised that there are administrative and executive duties which fall to the lot of the head of the House, and which require to be transacted notwithstanding a dissolution. The footnote in question has been inserted in order that Mr. Speaker may be placed upon the same footing as the Speakers in ' various States' Parliaments.

Mr Glynn - In what States does the practice obtain 1

Mr DEAKIN - It obtains in Western Australia, and I think also in South Australia.

Mr Kingston - I know that it did exist during portion of my father's Speakership.

Mr DEAKIN - In these two States it exists, and of course it always exists in the case of the President. I trust, therefore, that the Committee will retain the footnote to which I have referred.

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