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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- The speeches .of the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Bruce), and the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) have not convinced me that the amendments proposed will make clause 7 less objectionable. It appears to me that having been induced to sanction the attachment of certain revenues, thus creating the impression that any distress caused to the people of New South "Wales will be spread equally over the community, the Government will be able- to omit from the proclamation the revenue derived from those interests which ministerialists represent in this Parliament. The Government might allow its own friends to escape by attaching only the revenues of the interests which Ministers controlling the State's affairs might desire to apply for the purpose of relieving distress among the unemployed. The Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) said that if honorable members were in doubt regarding any of these amendments further time for their consideration would be allowed. Upon the amendment now before the committee and that proposed on clause 7 we do require further information that cannot be obtained from Commonwealth Ministers, but may be obtainable from members of the New South Wales Government. I hope that the Assistant Treasurer will postpone the consideration of these amendments so that we may consult those in New South Wales, whom we represent.

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