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Wednesday, 25 March 1942


Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Leader of the Opposition) . - 1 appeal to the Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings), who made a very eloquent speech on this motion, to clarify the position. He has made a definite statement that leases come within the scope of these regulations, but to-day Senator Sampson has received a telegram indicating that a judge has ruled otherwise. The Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman) also made a public statement to the effect that the regulations covered leases. I ask the Government to agree to an adjournment of this debate until it has had an opportunity to look into this matter, and eliminate some of the confusion which now exists. I point out that under these regulations there is no right of appeal. I do not favour the disallowance of these regulations in their entirety, because I think that they are necessary, but I resent the attitude of the Government and its supporters in suggesting that the moving of a motion for the disallowance of these regulations is' a waste of time. Senator Spicer has made it perfectly clear that this is the only method by which we are able to obtain a debate on these regulations. The Opposition has given an assurance that if the Government is prepared to consider amendments upon the lines suggested, the motion will be withdrawn. We cannot do more than that. I again appeal to the Government to use a little common sense and intelligence in regard to this very important matter.







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