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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Dr GAHA (DENISON, TASMANIA) - When I was in London quite recently I noticed that, as the result of the meeting in that city last November of the organization we formerly knew as the Empire Parliamentary Association, which will meet again in New Zealand in November, 1950, the word " Commonwealth " now possesses a new significance. Formerly it connoted the federation of Australian States, whereas now it refers to the British Empire. If any constitutional amendments are to be placed before the people at the forthcoming election, will the Prime Minister consider seeking authority from the people to replace the term "Parliament of the Commonwealth " by " Australian Parliament ", so that the word " Commonwealth " may be used only to connote the wider concept of empire?

Mr Chifley - The Attorney-General will answer the question.

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