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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Assistant Treasurer) . - The honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) made a gross and most offensive reference to myself, but I did not draw your attention to it, Mr. Chairman, because I did not think that it was worth while my doing so. The honorable member has now said that he does not understand that which I have assured the committee is purely a drafting alteration, that he intends to vote against it and to hold up the business of Parliament. If that is his intention, he will force the Government to show him no consideration. I suggest that I have been reasonably patient during the last hour and a quarter in connexion with this measure. The Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) stated this morning that if the amendment to any clause was of such a character that it would be fair and reasonable to postpone it in order that honorable members might give it their attention, the Government would do so. The Government will abide by that undertaking. In the amendment now before the committee there is no alteration that cannot readily be understood by honorable members, although they may disagree with some of them. The Government must insist upon this measure going through to-day, unless it can be shown that that procedure is an unfair one.

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