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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- I wish to make my position clear in opposing the proposed amendment. The Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) has indicated that if we vote against the amendment, we shall bring chaos to New South Wales. In any case, the application of this legislation to New South Wales will bring about a state of chaos there. All we are asking is that the Government should disclose its intention to this Parliament. It should not have the right to discriminate between various sources of taxation. The Government of New South Wales probably intends to devise means to raise the necessary revenue with which to meet its obligations, and if this Government has the right to discriminate, between certain forms of taxation, it will be able to relieve a section of its supporters in that State from the dire effects of this measure. This Parliament would have no control over that. The Government itself, by issuing a proclamation, would be able to seize any class of revenue. I intend to vote against the amendment, not because, as has been suggested by the Minister, I desire to bring chaos to New South Wales, but because I am opposed to government by regulation. This Parliament should have some control of the Government in respect to any action it takes.

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