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Friday, 11 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - I am not attempting to evade a debate on the matter. The resources provided by the Standing Orders ought to be adequate to enable the honorable gentleman, if he so desires, to initiate a debate in respect of this or any other subject. For example, he could refer to it quite readily on the motion for the adjournment of the House, or on the financial statement submitted by the Treasurer, if he felt so disposed. With respect to the paper on international affairs, for the printing of which a motion has been made by the Minister for External Affairs, the honorable member for Barker must be aware that in the course of the debate upon that subject reference has already been made to the matter which he desires to discuss ; in fact such a reference was made by the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page) himself. If it be relevant for the right honorable member for Cowper to refer to it, I cannot see that it would be out of order for any other honorable member to do so.

Mr Archie Cameron - When will the debate be resumed?

Mr CURTIN - So soon as the House has disposed of some of the matters that are listed above it on the notice-paper.

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