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Thursday, 25 May 1939

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- I should be quite inconsistent if I did not protest against this action of the Government. I think the Government is following a most provoking course and asking for trouble. Honorable members of this House have their rights, and the Government under the lead of the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies), thinks that it can take this dictatorial course and get away with it. I have never been a party hack nor do I intend to become one. On the notice-paper yesterday was a most importantnotice of motion relating to anomalies under the Repatriation Act. That matter cannot be discussed to-day because of action taken by the Government yesterday, yet I find in the press to-day in relation to this very matter which could not be discussed to-day a letter that the Prime Minister received from the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia.

Mr. SPEAKER (Hon. G. J. Bell).Order!The honorable member is not discussing the motion.

Mr WHITE - It seems that some " hand-out " had been made to the press that I had intended to obstruct the business of the Government-

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