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Tuesday, 8 November 1938


Mr BEASLEY (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The resignation of the honorable member for Balaclava wass tendered in circumstances that call fora reply from the Opposition. The Opposition feels, as he does, that certain things are likely to happen as the result of the change of Ministry, and the introduction of a new system of determining Government policy. Are we not all interested in secondary industries? Because the matter of employment is involved, the Opposition claims to be very deeply interested. I put it to the Prime Minister that he should reconsider his attitude. The Opposition has been very tolerant on many occasions. It has always given leave for the making of statements, and it has not hindered the business of the Government. I admit that, in this regard, things may be somewhat different from what they were a few years ago, but that is past. I ask the House at least to give the Acting Leader of the Opposition the right to speak. He represents 29 members of this Parliament, and half the electors of Australia. Therefore, he has the right to be heard on an important matter which may mean the end of this Government before very much longer.







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