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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (Barker) (Minister for Aircraft Production) . - Once again, a Minister has presented a message from the GovernorGeneral recommending that an appropriation of revenue be made to cover amendments he intends to move, although the bill has not yet been considered by the committee. One of the time-honoured customs in democratic parliaments is that the Crown must show cause for the voting of money. If honorable members will take the trouble to read the history relating to this matter they will discover that centuries ago a gentleman of my own nationality lost his head over this issue. The Crown cannot call upon the Lower House to vote sums of money without indicating the reasons for which the money is needed. In view of a certain ruling given from the Chair a few days ago, it is vitally important that this principle shall be observed in this Parliament and that the present loose procedure shall be discontinued. If we are not to observe normal procedure in the matter, honorable members should be permitted to move even amendments which may have the effect of increasing the appropriation. My view is that the Standing Orders already give them that right. It is high time that some members of the Opposition at any rate moved in this connexion. I should not like to commit the present Opposition to anything unless it be destruction, but for my own part I shall utter a protest every time a. Minister of the Crown presents a message from the Governor-General asking that appropriations of revenue be made unless, at the same time, the nature of the amendments is explained and the amount of the proposed appropriation indicated. It is unbecoming for members of the Government to present messages in this way without indicating the nature of the amendments proposed to be moved, particularly when a bill has not been considered by the committee. I shall make a protest every time this procedure is adopted. Ministers should disclose the nature of the amendments they intend to move.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report - by leave - adopted.

Tn committee:Consideration resumed from the 2nd June (vide page 1884).

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 -

This, act is divided into parts, as follows: -

Part III. - The Commercial Broadcasting

Service -

Division 2. - Limitation on ownership or control of broadcasting stations owned or controlled1 by one- person.

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