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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator LAMP (Tasmania) (1:32 AM) . - Democracy is the game of life played according to rules made by the people. We are the people who are now making the rules, and opposition to those rules is an affront to British intelligence. The Minister for External Territories (Senator Fraser), who in this instance is the voice of the Executive, is quite right in demanding the right to say what shall, and what shall not, be done. A spineless government which sought to delegate its powers to others would be an unworthy government. All this talk about the Minister overriding the decision of a tribunal is so much" eye-wash" and" hooey". The present Government will give effect to the principles of democracy. It is taking this opportunity to put its ideals into practice. One of those ideals is that the people shall have the right to appeal to the Minister. I stand for that principle. We on this side are making the rules, and we are going tosee that the game is played according to those rules.

Question put -

That the words proposed to be left out be left out (Senator McLeay's amendment).







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