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Friday, 6 March 1942

Mr CONELAN (Griffith) .- I compliment the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) upon having advanced, by one fortnight, the date of the next meeting of the House. There are many things that honorable members who support the Government, and honorable members of the Opposition who are not members of the Advisory War Council, wish to learn , hut 1 entirely disagree with the utterances of the honorable member for EdenMonaro (Mr. Perkins), who said that the Government is taking advantage of thu war effort in order to sneak in the policy of the Labour party. Why should not the. Government do that? If the Government lias a policy, the electors expect effect to be given to it. I sincerely trust that the Prime Minister will not withdraw Statutory Rule No. 77, dealing with the mobilization of services and property. lt should operate until the next meeting of the Blouse, when honorable members should be given an opportunity to debate it. We had to submit to that practice when we were the Opposition, and Parliament was in recess for long periods. Although honorable members should lend every assistance to the Government in the conduct of the war, the Opposition is now protesting against this statutory rule. Let us get on with our -job. Already too much "hooey" has been heard from honorable members opposite.

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