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Friday, 26 May 1939

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN - I ask the honorable member to discuss the clause.

Mr BRENNAN - Some day the Minister in charge of the bill will come to this House with a proposal to strengthen his ne.w department, and will tell us what he intends to do, and at that stage the committee will begin to consider the manufacture of munitions for profit, the rate of profit and so on. We are now filling in time until the 9th June, after which the Government will be safe until Parliament re-assembles. I do not wish to waste my valuable time on this measure, but it is very satisfactory to know that when the Governor-General decides that it is not desirable that the Government should act under paragraph a, which provides for the supply of munitions; b, relating to the manufacture or assembly of aircraft; or c, with respect to arrangements for the establishment or extension of industries for the purposes of defence, the Minister will still be in possession of the powers to make arrangements for ascertaining costs and for the control and limitation of profits in relation to the production of munitions.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN The honorable member has exhausted his time. The honorable member for Balaclava.

Mr White - I waive, temporarily, my right to address the committee at this stage, in favour of the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin).

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