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Thursday, 25 May 1939

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member may not discuss that matter now.

Mr WHITE - I presume that, in expressing my views on the motion now before the House, I shall again be accused of obstructing the Government. In the letter that the Prime Minister apparently handed to the press yesterday-

Mr SPEAKER - I shall not allow the honorable member to continue to discuss that matter.

Mr WHITE - I shall not refer to it in detail.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must not refer to it at all.

Mr WHITE - Had not the Government brought forward this motion I would have been given an opportunity to discuss this all-important subject to-day.

Mr SPEAKER - As the honorable member has a notice of motion on the notice-paper regarding that matter, it could not be discussed to-day on the grievance motion.

Mr WHITE - The Government is evidently hastening into recess. I conclude by saying that if private members' rights are to be trampled upon, and importantsubjects, such as that to which I referred, are denied a hearing in the Parliament, the only alternative open to me is to adopt another procedure which the Government cannot stop, that is, to move the adjournment of the House. If the Government persists in denying honorable members their rights in this way, I shall ha ve to consider taking that action.

Mr Menzies - Motions of the kind now before the House were carried dozens of times when the honorable member was a Minister.

Mr WHITE - No government with which I have ever been associated would trample on the rights of honorable members to bring to the notice of the Parliament the undoubted anomalies that exist in relation to returned soldiers under the Repatriation Act.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member will resume his seat.

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