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Tuesday, 12 June 1928

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) .- I move-

That the House do now adjourn.

It is reasonably certain that Captain Kingsford Smith and his companions will visit Canberra on Friday. The arrangements for their reception are not complete, but it is probable that the aviators will be entertained at luncheon at Parliament House.

An alteration has been made necessary in the personnel of the delegation of British business men which is to visit Australia later this year under arrangement between the British and Commonwealth Governments. Sir Harry McGowan, who was to have led the delegation, has been prevented by unforeseen circumstances from coming; and advice has been, received from the British Government that Sir Arthur Duckham, K.C.B., will be the leader of the party. Sir Arthur is particularly well qualified to discharge this duty. He is the chairman of the engineering company which bears his name, and is prominently identified with a number of other modern engineering companies. He is a member of the council of the Federation of British Industries, and during the war was a member of the Munition Council and the Air Council. We are particularly fortunate in obtaining his services.

Mr Makin - Will the Prime Minister inform me whether the delegation will report to the Commonwealth Government or the British Government?

Mr BRUCE - The object of the delegation is to consult with the Commonwealth and State governments in regard to Australian developmental problems, and also with representatives of our various primary and second industries, with the object of increasing the cooperation between Great Britain and Australia. It is not contemplated that there shall be any written report. Question resolved in the affirmative.

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