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Wednesday, 27 April 1932

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I cannot allow the honorable member to proceed as he is doing. The question before the House is the suspension of the Standing Orders for the purpose of intro- ducing certain amending legislation. That legislation is not yet under consideration, and its merits may not be discussed.

Mr JAMES - I am reminding the House that the measures already adopted for the hypothecation of the revenuesof the State of New South Wales have inflicted hardship which will probably be increased by the amending bill which the Government proposes to introduce. That is bound to augment the existing discontent in that State. I ask the Government to consider the interests of the people. If the desire of honorable members opposite is merely to remove Mr. Lang from office, the people have a right to be heard.

Mr Collins - Give them the right.

Mr JAMES - They are quite contented with Mr. Lang's administration, which has shown a more humane consideration for the needs of the people than the Commonwealth Government has shown. It is obvious that the amending legislation is designed to facilitate the more ruthless seizure of State revenues, and the partyto which I belong will oppose it toothand nail.

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