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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) . - I support the amendment submitted by the honorable member for Wakefield (Mr. Duncan-Hughes). I gave my reasons for my attitude in speaking on the motion for the second reading of the bill. I do not accept, and I believe that other members of the Opposition do not accept, the suggestion that, because a proposal has been considered by a committee representative of all parties, members of this chamber should abide by the recommendations of . that committee. Some members of the Opposition have strong objection, to committees of this kind sitting at all, and do not consider that that is the proper and best way to conduct public business. One of the worst instances of parliamentary work being delegated to a committee was afforded by the appointment of a committee to consider the uniform taxation scheme.

Mr Chifley - That committee was not appointed by the Parliament.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - No government may take it for granted that because the Opposition was represented on a committee that discussed a certain matter, the committee's recommendations should be accepted. The amendment proposed by the honorable member for Wakefield is well worthy of acceptance by honorable members generally, and will find support in the country. In view of the heavy and novel disbursements of revenue by this Parliament in the last fortnight, the Government is likely to find itself up against a dead end with regard to finance. The Commonwealth is drifting, willy nilly, slowly but surely towards grave financial difficulties as the result of recent legislation. The amendment provides for an act of justice to those members of the fighting forces who, having volunteered to give their services to their country, lose their lives.

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