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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Senator ARMSTRONG (New South Wales) . - This debate has taken a disturbing turn as the result of the statement made by Senator Sampson. There is no doubt in my mind that these regulations were intended to cover leases. The Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr. Dedman) informed me personally that, in view of the statutory reduction of the quantity of liquor permitted to be sold by breweries, ir was intended that there should also be a statutory reduction of rents and bonuses paid by hotelkeepers. This statement was also made to every body engaged in the liquor trade. I accepted that statement. However, in view of what Senator Sampson has said, it is apparent that the Government's intention in this connexion has not been fulfilled. Unfortunately, this happens very frequently when new laws are made. It is my considered opinion that very few people know exactly how new legislation will act or react until it actually comes into operation. My belief is that the Government intended to achieve a special purpose, but when the regulations actually came into force and became the subject of a court judgment, that purpose was not achieved. In view of this, even if the Leader of the Senate is not prepared to accept the Opposition's suggestions, I am certain that he will, in conference with the Minister for War Organization of Industry, draft another regulation immediately to cover the position adequately.

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