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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) (Leader of the Opposition) . - There are two important reasons why the Opposition does not propose to discuss this measure. In the first place we have given a promise to the Government that we shall not in any way impede the passage of such financial measures as it considers necessary to enable it to carry on Australia's war effort. We have kept that promise to the letter since it was made at the outbreak of war. Secondly, as we were not anticipating the introduction of this measure, honorable senators on both sides of the chamber have made their transport arrangements. It is not our fault that the bill has been brought forward in this way. In spite of my announcement of our determination not to impede in any way the Government's financial proposals in connexion with our war effort, we are still not in agreement with the proposed method of raising the money. But that, of course, is the Government's responsibility. We on this side of the chamber are of the opinion that more effective use could be made of the Commonwealth Bank, but, for the reasons which I have indicated, I do not propose to repeat what I have said previously. I hope that the bill will have a speedy passage.

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