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Tuesday, 21 June 1949

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! I ask the honorable member to return to the bill.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - Yes ; I nm just giving a comparison. I know comparisons are always odious and that comparison will be, too. There is no special merit about the action of the Commonwealth paying its just debts to South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania; there would be some demerit if it did not do so. Therefore, let us, without seeking party political advantage, accept the position and pay these debts. Such payments were provided for by the Constitution from the day of its inception. If the question of parties is to come into consideration - and that is the wicket on which the honorable member for Hindmarsh wishes to bat - I shall be in the other team.

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