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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr SPEAKER - I have already asked the honorable member to confine himself to the bill. He has been sufficiently long in this Parliament to know that a bill must be discussed on its merits. I ask the honorable member to confine himself to the subject-matter of the bill.

Mr JAMES - I bow to your ruling, Mr. Speaker; but I had thought that some latitude would have been allowed. I do not intend to vote with the Government on this bill, and thus to helpis to cover up a grave error that it has committed. Like the proverbial Irishman, of course, I am always "Agin the Government."

Mr C Riley - The honorable member voted with the last Government not long ago.

Mr JAMES - The honorable member who interjects has to thank the supporters of this Government for his presence in this Parliament. Their preferences in Cook were responsible for his election, and his proper place is with them.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) must be allowed to complete his speech without further interruption.

Mr JAMES - All I desire to say, in conclusion, is to repeat that I do not intend to vote for thebill, because the

Government seems to be merely attempting to cover up its mistake of defaulting.

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