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Thursday, 12 August 1920

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- Before we go into Committee to further consider the Industrial Peace Bill, I desire to ascertain what is the position with regard to the limitation of the debate. On Friday last the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) submitted, a motion which provided, inter alia, ' that the Committee stage of the Bill up to the end of Part III. should be completed by 10 o'clock this evening. A protest was made,and the right honorable gentleman then stated that he would see that opportunity was afforded for a full and fair discussion. By 10 p.m. we may possibly have gone beyond Part III. That will depend upon developments. The Opposition certainly do not intend to take up the rôle of obstructionists; but if the resolution stands, I take it that at 10 o'clock the Chairman will be forced to give effect to it, although we may happen to be in the middle of the discussion of an important amendment. What does the Prime Minister intend to do to prevent that taking place?

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