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Thursday, 11 May 1939

Mr CURTIN - by leave - Since the submission of my amendment the right honorable the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies), by leave of this House, made a statement in which hp. invited the representatives of all parties in this House to meet him informally in conference. As that step conformed to a substantial part of my amendment, I agreed to accept the right honorable gentleman's invitation, and with the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. -Rosevear) represented my party at the informal conference. There were also present the Deputy Leader of the Country party (Mr. Thorby) and the honorable member for Riverina (Mr. Nock). The Prime Minister was present and he was accompanied by the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Francis). Discussion took place. One of the submissions of my amendment was that we should be assured as to the needs and circumstances of Dame Enid Lyons and her family. I think that I can say that the committee has been completely assured that those circumstances necessitate that some provision be made. The committee was unable to agree to make a report to the House regarding the amount of annuity which should be voted. As there has been by this procedure a substantial achievement of the purpose of my amendment, I ask leave of the House to withdraw it.

Amendment - by leave - withdrawn.

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