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Thursday, 22 July 1920


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) . - The Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) is taking the course every other Minister has taken since the inception of responsible Government.


Mr Ryan - Then, why not give reasons?


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - We are simply taking the course that has always been taken. These motions are more or less of a formal character.


Mr Ryan - More or less - chiefly less.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Will the honorable member allow me to proceed ?


Mr Ryan - Certainly.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Thank you very much. Why does the honorable member for West Sydney objectto the usual course being proceeded with ? It is perfectly in order for the Government to arrange their business in the way they desire.


Mr Ryan - Subject to the approval of the House.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Of course, and approval has never been denied until the advent of my honorable friend to this Chamber,


Mr Tudor - It happens too frequently.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I think it is time that the Leader of the Opposition realized--


Mr Tudor - I can look after myself, and the Minister for the Navy cannot create discord here. There is enough trouble in his own ranks.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - It is time the Leader of the Opposition realized that the actual leader just now is on the back benches.


Mr Fenton - The Minister for the Navy has to take a back seat nowadays.







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