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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Assistant Treasurer) . - I move -

That the amendment be a.greed to.

Mr Beasley - Is the Minister going on with the consideration of all the alterations made in another place, or will he give an opportunity to honorable members to consider the more important amendments over the week-end?

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - The Government intends to deal with all the amendments now. As was indicated by the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) this morning, if any important principle emerges as the result of their consideration, it will be only fair and reasonable to give a further opportunity of discussing it. The Prime Minister said that if the amendments could be shown to go beyond the principles of the original measure, which was fully discussed in this chamber, he would consider the granting of time over the week-end for their further consideration, but up to now, no new principle has emerged, and a close study of the amendments shows that no such principle will emerge. The Auditor-General gives his certificate, and on that the resolution of the House is framed. If it is proposed to deal in the resolution with an amount smaller than that mentioned in the certificate, under this amendment provision is made for itemizing the part of the certificate with regard to which it is proposed to proceed.

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