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Wednesday, 13 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I was rather misled when Senator Keating commenced to draw attention to the nature of the Governor-General's message. I thought at first that inadvertently an error had occurred. But looking over the message. 1 am inclined to think that the usual course of procedure has been followed. The message of His Excellency is addressed to the House of Representatives. The message which we are considering is not that of his Excellency, but that received from the House of Representatives, informing us of the receipt by that House of a message from the Governor- General. That course seems to be in entire conformity with the second paragraph of section 58 of the Constitution wherein it is set forth that -

The Governor-General may return to the House in which it originated any proposed law so presented to him, and may transmit therewith any amendment which he may recommend, and! the House may deal with the recommendation.

That course appears to have been followed, and therefore we are now dealing with a message which comes to us from the other branch of the Legislature.

Motion agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.

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