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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr CHIFLEY - I hope that the people, as a result of this war, will recognize the importance of the role of the Commonwealth Government in providing for defence of the country, and in organizing the nation for war purposes. In many respects, the State Governments are a hindrance rather than a help. I do not say that in a spirit of captious criticism, because some of the State Premiers have shown a keen desire to co-operate with the Commonwealth Government, but the State parliaments are imbued with a spirit which makes their members constantly afraid that the Commonwealth Government is trying to steal away their prestige and their privileges.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 4 agreed to.

Clause 5 (War tax).

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