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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr WARD (East Sydney) .- The Prime Minister's promise that amendments of which honorable members had doubts would be postponed, has been interpreted by the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Bruce) in a manner different from my understanding of it. The Government is able to obtain the advice of an eminent legal authority who is now in Canberra, but the members of my party have not that advantage. The honorable member for Martin (Mr. Holman) stated a few days ago that a court had regard not to what Parliament intended, but to the language of the statute. Unless we have an opportunity to obtain legal advice we may allow to pass amendments whose effect is very different from what the Government intends. What is the urgent need for dealing to-day with the 22 amendments made by the Senate? If we are allowed to consult our advisers in New South Wales at the week-end we shall be able to vote more intelligently on the amendments on Tuesday. As the Assistant Treasurer is giving vague explanations that merely confuse the issue, I shall vote against all the amendments.

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