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Tuesday, 13 October 1931

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- 1 should not have spoken had it not been for the remarks of the honorable member for Perth (Mr. Nairn). I- heartily support tho proposal to eliminate useless divisions. I agree that, where only two or three members want a division, it should he sufficient if the heads arc counted. But the honorable member for Perth referred to a recent all-night sitting. Obviously he obtained his information from the Votes and Proceedings of this House. Had he been here on the occasions referred to, he would have participated in many divisions; but, like many others who ought to have been present, he was not in attendance. During the all-night sitting referred to, many injustices were done in connexion with the tariff. The Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Forde) put through that iniquitous tax on cotton wool used in hospitals.

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