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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - ] ask Senator Pearce whether it is not desirable in this clause to fix the numerical strength of the Marine Council, because otherwise there might come a time when, possibly under political pressure, the Minister might be asked to make further appointments, or to limit the number of members. I think it is desirable to prescribe the number in the clause itself, but if it should be passed in its present form the Minister could, if he liked, appoint 500 representatives. That, I think, is hardly intended or desired.

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