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Thursday, 10 March 1932


Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - I am sorry that the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) has spoken with some heat on this motion, for the proposed alteration in the order of business is, after all, very small. I desire honorable members to deal now with this amendment from another place in order, as the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) said, that I may be able to leave the chamber for a little while to do some other urgent work that is awaiting me. If the order of business, as printed on the businesspaper, were adhered to, the Assistant Minister for Defence (Mr. Francis) would now be moving the motion for the second reading of the War Service Homes Bill. His speech on that subject will probably take 25 minutes. It will be seen, therefore, that the order of business will be interfered with only to the extent of about 25 minutes if my motion is agreed to. I have no desire whatever to be discourteous to the honorable member for West Sydney. He, and every other honorable member of the House, is entitled to courtesy from the Prime Minister. The honorable gentleman mentioned that yesterday, when the Postmaster-General (Mr. Fenton) desired a slight alteration in the order of business he consulted the various parties. The honorable gentleman did so at my suggestion. I do not intend to make any distinctions whatever in my treatment of honorable members of this

House, and I again assure the honorable member for West Sydney that I had no desire to he discourteous to him in any way.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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