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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr BLAKELEY (Darling) (10:30 AM) . - This committee has now been sitting continuously for almost 24 hours. During that period honorable members have been endeavouring to place before the chamber matter that has been collecting during the last twelve months, but their opportunity to do so has been greatly restricted. The Prime Minister (Mr. Bruce) supported by his Ministers and those who sit behind them, came down at an early hour this morning with the guillotine and fixed a schedule to be observed in the discussion of the Estimates. He had previously closured the budget debate itself. During the last three weeks the right honorable gentleman on no fewer than three, occasions gave a definite and solemn assurance that the opportunity of honorable members to discuss the financial position of the Commonwealth would bs unrestricted. And he has broken his word! I can appreciate the leader of a government who is smarting under well-deserved criticism and condemnation - and heaven knows the material available is sufficient to condemn this Government twenty times over - forgetting for the moment the conduct that is expected of a Prime Minister in this or any other country. Private members in the heat of a debate may make misleading statements, and even Ministers may sometimes forget themselves.

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