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Thursday, 25 February 1932

Mr JAMES - I wish to expose the attitude which has been taken up by some persons who profess to be Christians.

Mr Holman - How many war debts has Mr. Lang to meet?

Mr Beasley - He has to meet a lot of debts that were incurred by the honorable member's administration.

Mr JAMES - Let me say that Mr. Lang is following more closely along the lines of Christianity than are many of those who profess to be Christians, and are to-day condemning him because he stands for feeding the people. Like the lowly Nazarene, Mr. Lang is putting humanity before money. Jesus of Nazareth asked nearly 2,000 years ago, "What man is there of you, whom, if his son ask for bread, will he give him a stone " ? Have we not in this House that type of man. The selfish, unsympathetic and callous type? Of course we have, and that has been amply demonstrated by the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Hutchin). He has shown that *lie is prepared to offer a stone to the unemployed who are asking for bread. Many of that type of individual are among the ranks of the United Australia Party. They say " Let us pay overseas usurers by taking the last shilling from the mothers who are in receipt of child endowment and from the victims of industry who are receiving compensation." They say " Squeeze them, grind them and wring from them all that we can by the pressure of economic necessity." These are the men who deserve and will receive Divine and human condemnation. I consider that the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) is but the lackey of the right honorable member for Flinders (Mr. Bruce).

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