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Friday, 16 July 1915

Mr JOSEPH COOK (Parramatta) - I am inclined to agree with the Attorney-General in this matter, and for this reason. This House cannot, shall I say, " police " these matters as the War Committee would be able to do. We cannot call officers and question them.

Mr Fenton - The Committee would have no more opportunity of policing the matter than the House would have.

Mr JOSEPH COOK - I think that it would. We cannot call experts and examine them here, which is what the Committee could do. Therefore, we have not the same power to make the regulations fair and equitable as the Committee would have. If we desire that the regulations be made fairly, and that the information obtained be full and accurate, we had better leave the matter to the Committee.

Clause agreed to.

First Schedule -

Commonwealth of Australia.

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