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Thursday, 10 March 1932

Mr JAMES (Hunter) . -In spite of what the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) has said, I also protest against the proposal of the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) to alter the order of business. The honorable members who sit in this corner have already been ignored several times when changes have been proposed in the business-paper. The Leader of the Opposition has doubtless been consulted, but we have not been consulted.

Mr Scullin - I made it my business to ask the Prime Minister what was the order in which he desired to deal with the business. The honorable member for Hunter or his leader could have done the same.

Mr JAMES - The trouble is that we are not being given reasonable opportunities to place our grievances before the Government. Yesterday, the Prime Minister refused to answer our questions on the important subject of unemployment. He is forcing us to speak on the motion for the adjournment of the House whenever we have any requests to place before him or other Ministers. The fact is that the real opposition to the Government is coming from the honorable members of this party. Probably, the Leader of the Opposition was consulted by the Prime Minister in order that the Government may continue to be assured of his support.

Mr Scullin - The honorable member should talk sense.

Mr JAMES - The official Opposition is really supporting the Government in most of the matters that come before the House, and the real opposition is coming from this party. We, in this corner, are a separate party and entirely distinct from the official Opposition, and should be consulted when changes of this kind are desired. I protest against this proposed alteration of the business-paper.

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