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Wednesday, 9 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) . - I move -

That the following words be added: - " which shall not be earlier than the first day of February, 1933".

That will allow twelve months beyond the date to which the bill is to be retrospective, and will afford the Government an opportunity to prepare and introduce a comprehensive insurance measure in accordance with the desire expressed by the right honorable member for Cowper (Dr. Earle Page) and other supporters of this bill. On two previous occasions bills to deal with all phases of insurance throughout the Commonwealth were introduced into this Parliament; apparently there is still a general desire that this Parliament shall legislate comprehensively on the subject. My amendment, if agreed to, will give the Government a chance to do what is required, and, at the same time, preserve to New South Wales rights that are now enjoyed byother States. It will also serve to unmask the real purpose of this bill. If the committee does not accept my amendment discrimination will be shown, and the Labour party of New South Wales will at least know where the Government stands on this matter.

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