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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- If we agreed with the general principles of the bill, we should take little exception to this amendment, but as we oppose the bill generally we cannot agree to the amendment. The effect of this amendment, if passed, would be that after the period for which this legislation was to have effect had expired, action taken under it could be continued until everything was cleaned up to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth Government. In order to meet the objections of honorable members, the term of this proposed legislation was deliberately limited to two years, and I object to that term being extended under any pretext whatever.

Mr Beasley - If the Government desires to keep the act in force longer than that, it should do so by bringing in fresh legislation.

Mr SCULLIN - Yes. This amendment also provides for the period in which a proclamation has been issued, but that matter is in the hands of the Government.

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