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Wednesday, 25 June 1941


Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Postmaster-General) . - in reply - The motion which I have submitted to the Senate appears on the notice-paper every day. In his recent broadcast speech the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) indicated that it was desirable to split up the work of some departments in order to facilitate the country's war effort. He referred particularly to the departments under control of my colleague, the Minister for Supply and Development (Senator McBride). As soonas the Prime Minister had delivered his secondreading speech on thisbill, I arranged for a. copy of it to be distributed among members of the Opposition in this chamber, so that they would know the purpose of the legislation, and be able to deal with the bill as expeditiously as it was dealt with in the House of Representatives. I agree withSenator Cameron that bills shouldnotbe rushed throughwithout good reason,but I believe that, the objects sought to be achieved by this bill are important and urgently necessary. The Opposition in the House of Representatives readily acquiesed in the desire of theGovernment to give this measure a speedy passage, and I appeal to Senator Cameron to assist in placing it on the statu te-book.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Standing Orders suspended.

Bill (on motion by Senator McLeay) read a first time.







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