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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr E RILEY (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I approach this matter from an entirely different angle from that considered by other speakers. When a government i3 returned to power it appoints a cabinet, which is responsible to Parliament for its actions. It is not right that a government supported by a majority such as this one has should have its efforts thwarted by a hostile Senate. The point is that if this Government passes certain regulations which are distasteful to the Opposition they can be nullified by the Senate. That is the governing factor behind the amendment. I shall oppose the amendment, as I believe that if the Government makes a mistake the Opposition is keen and capable enough to call attention to it, and, if necessary, to take action by moving a motion of want of confidence in the administration. The Government is responsible for any regulations that are enacted. If they do injury to any section of the community, or if the taint of graft is attached to them, this Parliament will be only too ready to take appropriate action. I shall oppose the amendment.

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