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Friday, 4 November 1938

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- I cannot understand the attitude of the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost), but I could understand him if he came straight out and said "I shall do my best to destroy this bill ". It would be monstrous to make fixed conditions for the benefit of the honorable member's State to the disadvantage of other States. I believe that the honorable member framed his amendment with the object of destroying the bill.

Mr Mahoney - The honorable member is not entitled to assume that.

Mr GREGORY - I could understand the honorable gentlemen opposing the bill.

Mr Mahoney - Why?

Mr GREGORY - Because I do not believe that they want it unless they can get the concession they are seeking. Are not honorable members from Tasmania prepared to trust the board? I do not believe in boards myself, but I remind honorable gentlemen from Tasmania that they have a large representation on the board.

Mr Frost - We have no majority.

Mr GREGORY - Honorable members from Tasmania should be satisfied with the board; to give Tasmania a majority on the board would be preposterous. The amendment of the honorable member for Franklin would destroy anything of a federal spirit in the bill ; and so great would the objections to it be, that within twelve months it would have to be removed from the statute-book.

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