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Thursday, 28 May 1942

Mr ABBOTT (New England) (5:37 AM) . - I support the proposed new clause. In his second-reading speech the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) told honorable members that at the conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers the Prime Minister "forcibly stated that Parliament had never turned down a recommendation of the Commonwealth Grants Commission". If so why does he refuse to entrust the right of review on behalf of the Commonwealth to the Commonwealth Grants Commission? I cannot see why when everything else recommended by the special committee is being carried out the Government will not agree to carry out the second recommendation in paragraph 18 of that report.

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