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Wednesday, 23 November 1938

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member's time has expired.


Postmaster-General) [9.0]. - The portion of the debate that I have heard prompts me to offer in return a few complementary observations directed particularly to the shortcomings of the Opposition. This House has been in session since the 21st September. During that period I have listened to debates of various kinds, many of. them initiated by the Opposition. Among them have been motions for the adjournment of "the House to discuss urgent matters of national importance, although some of them were neither national nor urgent, a fact of which those who moved and supported the motions were well aware. There was also a motion of no-confidence in the Government, the object of which was to call the attention of the country to the lack of leadership on this side of the House. The very gentleman who had the courage to submit that motion went to Sydney to talk to his own party about leadership, but the voting was about 500 to 40 against him. In all these statements from the Opposition I have not heard anything which suggests that its members can either agreeamong themselves, or offer any alternative to the government which the parties on this side of the House have given to lie country, even if now and again there may be some outward evidence of a little disagreement oh matters of moment.

Mr Mahoney - Did the Minister say now and again, or always?

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