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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister, and Minister for Trade and Customs) . - I regret that the second reading of this bill was agreed to while I was temporarily absent from this chamber, because I wished to reply to some of the statements made during the debate, particularly those relating to the negotiations carried out in New Zealand by the late Mr. Pratten. I regret that his visit to New Zealand did not result in a definite arrangement being arrived at for the revision of the treaty between the two dominions. There were difficulties in the way which Mr. Pratten was unable to overcome. The visit did a great deal to improve the relations between the two countries. These had not been as favorable as we could have desired, due entirely to misunderstanding which the visit of Mr. Pratten did much to remove. Negotiations are still proceeding, and I trust that they will be brought to a successful conclusion.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment ; report adopted.

Bill read a. third time.

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