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Wednesday, 2 March 1932


Mr LANE (Barton) . - I have pleasure in supporting this bill, and I maintain that the great majority of the people of New South Wales are entirely behind the present Government in the action contemplated by it under this measure. The attitude of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin), the Deputy Leader (Mr. Forde) and the member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Holloway) is rather bewildering. The last Commonwealth Government commenced legal proceedings, and carried them to a certain point, for the purpose of bringing the New South Wales Government to heel. If greater patience should have been exercised in dealing with Mr. Lang, will the honorable member for Melbourne Ports explain why his party did not show more patience than it did with him, and keep him within its own fold. The Federal Labour party was unable to curb Mr. Lang. He defied it in New South Wales, defeated its representatives at the election, and has sent five of his own supporters to represent New South Wales in this Parliament.


Mr Holloway - Why did not the honorable member and his friends in New South Wales curb Mr. Lang?


Mr LANE - Because at the last New South Wales elections Mr. Lang went before the people with a policy which, after his return to power, he never attempted to carry out. That fact is admitted everywhere. He told the people that there was no depression; that he would find employment for every one within three weeks ; that he could borrow money overseas; and, in short, that he was going to be the saviour of his State. I admit that the leaders of the opposing political party went to the country with a negative policy. Mr. Lang's promises deceived the people. Immediately he was elected he set about putting into effect an old plank of the Labour party, the socialization of the means of production, distribution and exchange. New. South Wales has been betrayed by Mr. Lang. He has dishonoured every pledge he made during the election, and has since declared that at the elections he received a mandate to do whatever he thought best. I am surprised that honorable members opposite should think that Mr. Lang could be dealt with in any other way than by the most extreme measures; and I am particularly surprised that the Leader and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition should find fault with the manner in which the Commonwealth Government proposes to make him stand up to his obligations. After all, the Government proposes only to continue what the Labour party began when it was in office. I ask honorable members of the Opposition why they do not come in wholeheartedly behind the Government in order to show that the whole Federal Parliament, with the exception of the five Lang-planners, are in favour of making Mr. Lang face the music







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