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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Senator MCBRIDE - But members of the Opposition parties have done so.

Senator E B JOHNSTON - I was returned to the Senate at the last general elections as a supporter of the Australian Country party led by Mr. Fadden, which at that time was represented in the Menzies Government. Since the present Government came into power, Mr. Fadden, as Leader of the Opposition, has willingly presented to it two votes in every division that has taken place in the House of Representatives. Every body knows that he has the support of his party, in this action, because this was made clear by recent disclosures in the press of the party's affairs which should not have been made.

Sitting suspended from 6.15 to 8 p.m.

Senator E B JOHNSTON - I have pointed out that the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives had announced that a comprehensive review would be made by the Opposition of all regulations gazetted since the 1st January last. No doubt, as the result of that review, the major part of the battle of the regulations which has been carried on in the Senate since then was fought. Neither Mr. Fadden nor Mr.

Hughes, the leader and deputy leader respectively of the composite party in the Opposition, has moved the disallowance of any regulation in the House of Representatives, although motions directed against a number of regulations have been submitted by private members of the Opposition.

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