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Friday, 4 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - I desire an explanation of this motion. Common courtesy should, I think, have caused the Government to give some consideration, in the formation of this committee, to the party which I have the honour to lead. Seeing that the Government has seen fit to nominate as members of the committee the honorable member for Darling Downs (Sir Littleton Groom), and the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin), it should have been willing to give representation to my party.

Mr Lyons - Those two honorable members are ex-Speakers of the House.

Mr BEASLEY - I am not aware that it was necessary for me to make application for the representation of my party on the committee, but I certainly think it should be represented on such an important committee. Unless the Prime Minister is willing to grant us representation we shall vote against the motion as a protest.

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