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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - Normally, the Opposition would ask for an adjournment of the debate in order that we might investigate the full implications of the ten clauses of the measure, but, in view of the approach of the close of the sessional period and the circumstances mentioned by the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley), namely, (he extraordinary demands upon our shipping, it is not the desire of the Opposition that any impediment be put in the way of giving effect- to the desires of the Government. I am bound, however, to refer to clause 9, to which the Treasurer made no reference. We are somewhat concerned at the proposal that the findings of the Court of Marine Inquiry may be overridden by the Minister. That is something new in British jurisprudence. I hope that in committee the Treasurer will be able to justify that proposal.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

The bill.

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