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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - I cannot accept the motion. It is imperative that the Government should proceed with its business.

Mr Ward - Is not the relief of unemployment the business of the Government?

Mr LYONS - It is, and the Government is dealing with it in the way that it thinks proper. Business, including amendments to the Financial Agreements Enforcement Bill, awaits the attention of the House, and the Government must proceed with it. The Government has invited honorable members to make suggestions so that they may be considered prior to the Premiers Conference. If, after dealing with the measure to which I have referred, there remains sufficient time for us to continue the debate on unemployment, I am agreeable that we shall return to it. I move -

That the question be now put.

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