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Thursday, 7 May 1931

The Prime Minister, Mr. Scullin, expressed the view last night that it was quite improper to summon the chairman of the Commonwealth Bank Board, by the legal power possessed by the Senate, into the political arena to be crossexamined by senators, and to be called to express opinion's. Mr. Scullin added that the function of the Bank Board was to administer that great institution and to act as the Government bankers. The Government had introduced the Commonwealth Bank Bill as a measure-

Senator Sir George Pearce - I rise to a point of order. Is the honorable senator in order in quoting from a newspaper statements which, under the Standing Orders, the honorable senator himself would not be permitted to make? I direct your attention, sir, to the fact that one of the statements alleged to have been made by the Prime Minister is that the action taken by the Senate was " quite improper." That is a reflection on this chamber.

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