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Wednesday, 21 October 1931

Mr GABB (Angas) .- I shall not attempt to delay the passage of the bill. In spite of what the Prime Minister has stated, I protest that the passage of this measure is contrary to the promise that was given by the right honorable gentleman, The Minister for Markets (Mr. Parker Moloney) definitely repeated the statement after me, that the suspension of Standing Orders was merely to enable the bill to be circulated. I know that honorable members are aware that that is the correct version. Atany time I should watch the Minister for Markets, as I know that he would slip one over a person if he could ; but in the past I have accepted the word of the Prime Minister as binding. It is because 1 thought that he gave his word that the bill would not be proceeded with that I did not protest against the suspension of Standing Orders. I shall not use strong language to support my protest, as I know that ifI did so I should have to withdraw it. I let, the matter go at that.

Mr Fenton - I wish to make a personal explanation. I do not want to make excuses for anybody, but when the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb) was objecting to the introduction of new business, I made, an interjection to the effect that if the bill were circulated, we should have a chance of studying it. That may have led to the honorable member's misapprehension.

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