TWO RECENT EXERCISES OF THE POWER OF DISSOLUTION IN THE COMMONWEALTH
SINCE the Imperial Conference of 1926 there have been two dissolutions of the House of Representatives which should be considered.
In September 1929 the Prime Minister, Mr., Bruce, obtained a dissolution from Lord Stonehaven. The latter was informed by the Prime Minister that, in Committee of the House, the Maritime Industries Bill, which altered the existing system of Commonwealth industrial arbitration in certain respects, had been amended by a vote declaring that the Bill should not be brought into operation until submitted to a referendum or an election. Mr. Bruce pointed out to the Governor-General that:
The Prime Minister's request for a dissolution then proceeded:
The Prime Minister's memorandum dated September 1 I th, 1929, was replied to by Lord Stonehaven on the following day. He said that he 'had carefully considered the question which it (the letter) raises',3 noted the proposal to ask for supply, and concluded: 'In view of this assurance I accept the advice tendered by yoU.'4