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Friday, 11 March 1932


Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- The point which the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) has taken on this amendment will become a real issue when the resolution is before us. It has nothing whatever to do with the amendment. When the resolution is brought down, I shall be with the honorable member in fighting it, and particularly fighting against any resolution -which specifies more than one source of revenue. I submit to the honorable member that this amendment does not empower the Government to specify any revenues, or even to issue a proclamation. All "it does is to enable the Government after a resolution has been passed by this House to separate the classes of revenue in different proclamations.


Mr Ward - Does this amendment mean that after a resolution has been passed by the Parliament the Government may for an indefinite period issue proclamations pursuant to it?


Mr SCULLIN - The course will be, I presume, that the Government will request the Parliament to pass a resolution covering more than one class of revenue. If that is done any proclamation that is issued will, if this amendment is not -agreed to, have to cover every class of revenue mentioned in the resolution; but if the amendment is passed, it will cover only the classes of revenue specified in it. We have already dealt with one amendment which widened the scope of the bill, and I opposed it; this amendment narrows the scope of the measure to some extent and I shall vote for it.







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