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Thursday, 8 July 1915

Mr FISHER (Wi'de Bay) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) .-I had better explain that we shall not fix the title of the additional Minister by anything we may do in the House now. I have stated that there is a Minister of Marine to deal with naval matters in nearly all the Dominions. At the present time, shipping matters come under the Navigation branch' of the Ministry of Trade and Customs.. We cannot get over the difficulty mentioned by the honorable member for South Sydney so long as we have two Chambers,, and Ministers of State in both.

Mr Finlayson - Hear, hear! Abolish one House.

Mr FISHER - The honorable member suggests a course a'kin to the actionof a man burning down his dwelling Because he was dissatisfied with some portion of it. I agree with the suggestion! that either of the Defence Ministers should be able to speak with authority in regard to all defence matters. If that is what the honorable member for South Sydney has in mind, we shall endeavour to so arrange it.

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