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Thursday, 25 July 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) . - The motion submitted by the Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) is for the postponement of the first 'order of the day relating to the formal supply debate. As no indication has been given as to when thatorder of the day will be brought on again, one conies to the conclusion that the proposal is to get rid of Grievance Day for this month. Grievance Day represents an opportunity for private members which they do not commonly get, because on that day they have the opportunity to ventilate on behalf of their electors grievances, troubles, and matters which call for redress.

Mr McEwen - Many of them on behalf of absent brethren.

Mr MENZIES - Quite so. Many of these matters do not, perhaps, possess the large importance which would warrant their being discussed on the budget or some other matter of the kind. The privileges of this sort enjoyed by private members are not very great, and there is always a' disposition to whittle them away. No justification for such action has been suggested on this occasion. The business of the House has been making quite good progress. No indication has been given to us of what urgent matter is to take priority over grievances. All that we are told is : " There was your right until this moment; now it is taken from you ".

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