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Thursday, 25 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . -in reply - I state frankly that it is not the intention of the Government that there shall be a debate on grievances to-day. I hope that an opportunity to discuss them may be afforded to honorable members at a later stage. I very much regret the necessity to depart from an established practice, I cannot recall a previous occasion while I have been Prime Minister on which honorable members have been deprived of their right to " grieve ". That has occurred now only because of the large volume of business on the noticepaper. Despite what the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) has said, there has been a deplorable waste of time on some of the bills that have been before the House.Were it not a reflection on the Chair, I should say that there had been quite a lot of repetition, in my opinion tedious repetition. Legislative machinery in relation to taxation and other matters can be put into operation only when it has been passed by both Houses of the Parliament. It is necessary to complete as early as possible the considerable volume of important legislative business which still has to be transacted. I repeat, that I regret the necessity to ask members to forgo Grievance Day on this, the first occasion on which that has been done.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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