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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - Despite the assurances of the Minister (Mr. Greene). I cannot forget that we have heard similar assurances before. Ten years of parliamentary experience have convinced me that such assurances are not borne out in actual practice. We are opening the door to a very heavy expenditure. However, I entered my protest upon the motion for the second reading of the Bill, and I repeat that protest now.

Mr Jackson - For the true welfare of the people of Australia.

Mr FENTON - My honorable friend is very young. When he is three years older in political life he will probably have arrived at the same conclusion as I have. During my occupancy of a seat in this Chamber there have been several Ministries in power, and not one of them has kept its pledges to maintain a firm control over our expenditure. This Bill provides, not one door, but several, for very big outgoings of very little benefit to the Commonwealth.

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