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Thursday, 2 August 1934

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- The honorable members for Bendigo (Mr. E. F. Harrison) and Swan (Mr. Gregory) have interpreted the amendment to mean that the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin) is attempting to cut out the provision for the purchase of a cruiser, whereas the right honorable gentleman is merely questioning the wisdom of this Parliament committing a future Parliament to the expenditure involved. Since the present Government has been in power honorable members have not been given an opportunity to discuss the subject of defence, and they are entitled to do so under cover of this proposed vote.

The honorable member for Bendigo asserted that the Scullin Government had broken the defence system of Australia. 1! should like him to point to anything that Government abolished which the' Government that he slavishly follows has restored.

Mr E F HARRISON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - It broke everything in connexion with defence, in the army, the navy and the air force.

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