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Wednesday, 2 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - It appears to me that the same end might have been served by withdrawing the bill in its entirety, and presenting it anew in its separate parts as proposed. It can be argued successfully, I think, that that portion of the bill covered by clause 4 is not necessary. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) has said as much and with that opinion I also agree. In my opinion, the method proposed by the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) tends to confuse honorable members rather than to assist them. I believe that that portion of the bill dealing with the liability for State debts was introduced by the Government merely to cover up its own failure to honour its obligations. If the life of this measure is restricted to two years, it may be possible for the Commonwealth Government to accept liability for State debts for two years only. I do not agree to the proposed alteration in procedure, and shall vote against it.

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