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Wednesday, 29 April 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

That the intervening business be postponed until after Order of the Day No. 1 - General Business

This Order of the Day is a motion by the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender) for the disallowance of the amendments of the National Security (Man-power) Regulations made by Statutory Rules 1942, No. 102. Debate ensued upon that motion, but a decision was not reached. As the law stands, it is imperative that the Parliament shall determine a motion of this description; otherwise, the regulations in question would lapse. I, therefore, propose that each of these various motions for the disallowance of regulations shall be taken in its order and decided before the House is asked to deal with the next motion. I am now asking the House to dispose of a motion that it has before it which seeks the disallowance of particular regulations, before dealing with the next proposal of an identical character, and to dispose of all of them in the order listed, so that there will not be half a dozen incomplete debates, thus creating a position which would involve the automatic discontinuance of regulations which a majority of the House did not desire to disallow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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