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Thursday, 8 July 1915

Mr JOSEPH COOK (Parramatta) . - All I desire to say is that the final allocation of the duties and responsibilities of the new Minister must be left to the Government. Honorable members have been speaking as if it were the responsibility of this House to fix the duties of the new Minister. As a matter of fact, that responsibility rests with the Executive, and, while it is well to express our mind to the Ministry as to what we expect to be done, there need be no idea that we are binding ourselves hand and foot by any action that may be taken now. The Ministry can always revise the duties of each Minister by Executive action. Therefore, I apprehend no trouble in that respect. An intimation has been given that the Assistant Minister of Defence is to succeed to thisportfolio. I offer him my congratulation on his promotion. I wish him health and strength in the discharge of his new duties, and I assure him that we shall look to him to do great things.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a first time.

Standing Orders .suspended, and Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clause 1 (Short title).

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