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Thursday, 30 April 1942

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The debate' is degenerating into an exchange of personalities.

Mr FALSTEIN - Of the statements made by Opposition members in the course of this debate, only one appeared to me to contain merit; that was, that the Government must govern. I believe that the Government ought to use powers of the nature of those taken under Statutory Rule No. 77 and other statutory rules, in order to bring about in this country a re-orientation of the social outlook so that when this war is concluded there will be a certain guarantee to the community in Australia that Ave shall not revert to the era of unemployment, when money could not be found to put food into the mouths of many thousands, clothe them properly, and in other ways care for them as they should be cared for.

It is a matter for deep regret that the Opposition in this House should be occupying the valuable time of service Ministers, and the Prime Minister himself, in debating regulations which common sense dictates are necessary for that total war effort which those honorable gentlemen now proclaim is needed. If the Opposition has any idea, of occupying the Government benches in either the near or the distant future, I say very deliberately that any attempt to do that will be met by a public statement by me of its activities as a government in the past - activites which, in my opinion, warrant an inquiry as to whether or not things involving even treason to this country have been done.

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