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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr COLEMAN (Reid) .- I desire to enter my protest against the action of the Government in introducing this Bill at the eleventh hour, and expecting its passage without affording honorable members a reasonable opportunity of considering its provisions. I protest, also, against the Prime Minister threatening his. supporters with a dissolution if they adhere to principles which some of them, until recently, have so enthusiastically supported. If they weaken now they will be guilty of gross political cowardice. Honorable members opposite have been prepared to vote away hundreds of thousands of pounds in remissions of taxation and for the payment of it is proposed to vote an additional £1,000,000 for the relief of the infirm 'and aged in the community, they weakly obey the behests of the Prime Minister and oppose it. I have no desire to delay the passage of the Bill, but I could not allow this opportunity to pass without voicing my protest against the attitude of the Government.

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