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Thursday, 26 March 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandMinister for the Interior) . - We have just listened to another one of those interminable speeches from the Opposition regarding the disallowance of regulations. The climax in the speech of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McLeay) was exceedingly interesting. I am not sure whether or not he was correct in attributing to the British Prime Minister the neat saying about the horse and the harness, but whoever was responsible for it is to be commended for his wit. 1 suggest to the Leader of the Opposition that in matters such as the disallowance of regulations what is required is neither harness nor horse, but rather horse-sense. These are very important regulations. In fact, they are so important that I cannot understand any honorable senator opposite seeking their disallowance. It is the first honest attempt that any Government has made to bring about a true all-in war effort. That is why I stress the fact that it is a vitally important matter. The Leader of the Opposition said in effect that he and his colleagues were prepared to give to the Government all the assistance and all the power that it wanted ; but then he put a string to that offer by adding the stipulation that things must he done not in the Government's way but in the Opposition's way.

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