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Friday, 21 November 1941

Mr HOLT (FAWKNER, VICTORIA) . - I shall not traverse at great length the ground which has been covered effectively by other members of the Opposition who have advanced, with great cogency and conviction, some powerful arguments against the provisions of this bill. We all wel come the statement by the Minister assisting the Treasurer (Mr. Lazzarini) that this bill does not represent an attempt by the Government to introduce, in an underhand way, the traditional economic policy of the Labour party. He saidthat we should remember that this is a war-time measure. We welcome that statement, for I believe that, an analysis of the operations of this legislation will show that it is one of the unsoundest measures in our statute law.

Mr Lazzarini - The original bill was introduced by the Government of which the honorable gentleman was a. member.

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