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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- The honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin), and the honorable member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan) appear to be under the impression that they have made an important discovery, which has given evident pleasure to the former. Lest what they have said should give rise to any misunderstanding, it is desirable that their statements should be corrected at once. Their " discovery " is that these amendments were brought in on the 17th March, and they are endeavouring to establish some connexion between the visit of Mr. Dumas to Canberra and the introduction of these amendments, whereas the facts are that the House went into recess on the 17th March to allow honorable members to take part in the celebrations connected with the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. No member of the Ministerial party had seen the bill prior to its introduction; but following the Minister's second-reading speech, it was heavily criticized, and, as a result, these amendments were drafted some days later.

Mr Holman - The honorable member himself referred to the advertising aspect of broadcasting.

Mr WHITE - That is so. Evidently the honorable member for Hindmarsh was not listening, and now is under the impression that these amendments were not suggested at that early stage. I am sorry that so much time has been wasted over these amendments, and I regret that honorable- members opposite should impute improper motives to the Government and its supporters.

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