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Friday, 13 August 1920

Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - What the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan) is asking for has never been sought or given in this House.

Mr McGRATH - It has often occurred. In 1913, I recall that advantage was taken, when leave was sought to introduce a Bill, to ask for certain particulars from the Minister concerned. This same point vij ago by the honorable member for West Sydney, who then remarked that in future he would insist upon the "reservation of his rights. This is not a question for the attention of the Opposition solely. Honorable members supporting the Government may some day find themselves in Opposition, and they will then require information upon various matters introduced by a Labour Minister. What will be their attitude 1 I want to know what form these mandates are to take. There will be a lot of money expended.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Why not let honorable members get home ?

Mr McGRATH - I intend to do so. I am about to catch a train myself.

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Well, it is of no use to punish the House.

Mr McGRATH - The Prime Minister interjected in an insulting manner while the honorable member for West Sydney was speaking; and I promise him that if there are any forms of the House to which recourse may be -had to interfere with his desire to advance business I intend to avail myself of them. 1 am not objecting to the motion, but I desire to suggest that in the future, when the Prime Minister has a measure to introduce he should give reasons for so doing.

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