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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr WARD (East Sydney)

The consideration of this amendment, particularly, ought to be postponed. There is no disguising the intention of the Government to give immediate effect to the bill. Important decisions will be reached by the Privy Council with respect to the powers of the New South Wales Government, and in the near future that Government will probably have an opportunity of doing what is necessary to meet its overseas obligations without placing undue hardship upon the people of that State. This Government has brought down this bill because it knows that the New South Wales Government made an attempt to place the financial burden on the shoulders of those best able to bear it. If the supporters of the Commonwealth Government approached their friends in the Legislative Council of New South Wales, and urged them to assist the Labour Government in that State to legislate in the best interests of the people; the financial difficulty of New

South Wales would be overcome. If the Upper House in New South Wales withdrew its objection to the financial policy of the Lang Government, that Ministry would be able to meet all its commitments overseas, and also discharge its obligations to the people of the State.. Therefore, I am not prepared to assist the Government in giving immediate effect to this measure. If a reasonable time had to elapse before it could be put into operation, it would probably not be necessary to put it into effect at all.

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