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Friday, 11 March 1932

Mr LYONS (Wilmot) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - In moving-

That the House do now adjourn,

I desire to notify honorable members that the Government intends prior to the Easter adjournment to dispose of the Broadcasting Bill, the War Service Homes Bill, and the Lands Acquisition Bill. Those measures will be taken in that order. Possibly at an earlier stage the House will be asked to deal with resolutions consequent upon the passage of the Financial Agreements Enforcement Bill. It may be necessary to have a late sitting on one night next week, but the Government desires to avoid that if possible.

When the time . expired for the discussion of the formal adjournment motion this morning, the Government was anxious to proceed with the consideration of the Senate's amendments to the Financial Agreements Enforcement Bill; there was no wish to curtail the discussion on the subject of unemployment, and I promised that the extra couple of hours that might have been obtained to-day by extending the time allowed for the debate would be made available to honorable members at a later stage. The Government will do everything possible to make two hours, or even a longer period, available to honorable members next week. This may involve a late sitting, but we shall endeavour to Garry out our promise prior to the Easter adjournment. It is proposed to limit the time for which each honorable member will be permitted to speak on the subject of unemployment, as it was limited this morning by the Standing Orders, the object being, not to prevent discussion, but to provide an opportunity for as many members as possible to participate in the debate rather than have the time monopolized by a few honorable members. It is intended to adjourn on Thursday for the Easter recess.

Mr.Hughes. - Will the House sit in the morning?

Mr LYONS - That may be necessary. The Government is willing to meet the convenience of honorable members. It had been intended to have a recess of three weeks, but in view of the possibility of a meeting of the State Premiers to discuss the unemployment problem, it maybe necessary to have an adjournment of a month. I think that honorable members realize that the subject of unemployment is of sufficient importance to give every opportunity to the StateGovernments to fully consider it.

Mr Gander - Will the suggestions made in this House bo presented by the Government to the Premiers Conference.

Mr LYONS - I do not promise that ; but the suggestions made by honorable members in the course of the discussion will be considered by the Government in the preparation of any proposals it places before the Premiers Conference. If the Government can accept such suggestions, they will be embodied in its own proposals. In any case, all suggestions will receive publicity through the publishing of the records of the debates, and the State Premiers will thus be informed of the suggestions made in this Parliament.

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