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Thursday, 18 May 1939


Mr MENZIES (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Prime Minister) - The business which it is intended to ask the House to dispose of before an adjournment is substantially that which appears in the first seven orders of the day on the notice-paper. Doubtless there will be, in addition, a few minor measures of an urgent character; and it is also hoped that there may be a measure relating to broadcasting, but of that Iam not sure. In order to dispose of this business by a reasonable date, I intend to ask the House to sit on four days next week and thereafter. I can sec no particular reason why we should not be able to complete the business that I have mentioned by something like the 9th June. I hope to do so.


Mr Ward - I think that the right honorable gentleman is an optimist.


Mr MENZIES - I am; but I have had considerable reason to be one. However, as honorable members well know, it is essential that we should have a fairly substantial break before the beginning of the budget session. In order to allow that to be done, as well as to present the budget reasonably early and, if possible, to avoid crowding the business into the last week or two of the. year, my desire, quite frankly, is that we should endeavour to dispose of the present list of measures by about the 9th June, then adjourn for perhaps a couple of months, and meet for the presentation of a reasonably early budget. That, naturally, is a mere tentative statement, and depends a good deal on how matters develop.

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