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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) . - I take this opportunity to lodge a final protest on behalf of the Opposition against the manner in which the business of the House has been conducted. For the last 35 hours we have been kept sitting continuously, and have passed over £70,000,000 of public money without proper discussion. Departmental votes have been so linked together that it has been impossible to deal with the items. There are many increases on the Estimates that we have not had an opportunity to discuss in the proper way. The time allowed for discussion has been so brief that honorable members have been compelled to talk in generalities. As a result the finances of the country have not received proper consideration. "We are no longer a deliberative assembly. Taking into consideration the fact that we have been sitting continuously since yesterday morning, it cannot be said that proper consideration has been given to these Estimates. Above all, Ministers themselves have not been able to furnish honorable members with information in regard to their departments.

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