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Wednesday, 16 March 1932


Mr BLAKELEY (Darling) .- I do not know whether the Government, in taking this hasty action, has contemptuously disregarded the rights of honorable members. It may be that be cause of recent happenings in New South Wales the Prime Minister is so obsessed by fear that he is new really emulating a certain person in that State in an endeavour to do something spectacular every day.


Mr Beasley - The Prime Minister will need to do something spectacular next Saturday.


Mr BLAKELEY - I advise the Prime Minister to look before he leaps. The resolution which the Government intends to introduce is of farreaching importance to the Commonwealth and the various States of Australia. The right honorable member for Cowper (Dr. Earle Page) has said that we knew what was coming. We did know that the actual certificate of the Auditor-General would be an ordinary certificate conveying certain information, but we had no indication whatever from the Government as to the classes of State revenue that would come within the provisions of the act. The latter portion of the resolution is all-embracing and reads -

1.   the certificate to be approved and adopted; and

2.   by reason of urgency it is desirable that the provisions of sections seven to thirteen (inclusive) of Part II. of the said act -

(a)   should apply immediately in relation to the State of New South Wales. . . .


Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for Darling (Mr. Blakeley) is now reading portion of the resolution, and that action, of course, cannot be allowed at this stage. I am sure that the honorable member's mental resources are sufficient to enable him, without reading the resolution, to connect his remarks with the motion before the Chair.


Mr BLAKELEY - I bow to your ruling, Mr. Speaker, but, in view of the fact that apparently quite a number of honorable members opposite have not read the resolution, I wished to read it so as to give them some indication of the policy of the Government. The rights of honorable members have been attacked by the Prime Minister, whether intentionally or because of some previous omission on his part, I do not know. We knew that the Auditor-

General's certificate was in course of preparation, but we do not know when it was made available to the Prime Minister. It is dated the loth March, and, therefore, could have been presented to the House yesterday. There are eight important points embodied in the motion which honorable members have not yet had an opportunity to consider in order to determine the extent to which the revenues of the State concerned may be affected. A sudden withdrawal of revenue under paragraphs v. and viii. of clause 2 may have serious consequences.


Mr SPEAKER (Hon G H Mackay - Order! The honorable member must connect his remarks with the motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders. He is not in order in referring in detail to the terms of the motion that is to follow.


Mr BLAKELEY - I was merely directing the attention of the House to the possible sudden withdrawal of revenue from taxation upon incomes imposed for the relief of unemployment. The Opposition is entitled to some courtesy from the Prime Minister.







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