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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr BEASLEY (West Sydney) (1:22 AM) . - I ask the Prime Minister also to take particular care to exclude from the operation of this clause any works of particular concern to members of the Country party. For instance irrigation works may be in progress, the holding up of which, through lack of loan moneys, may interfere with land settlement and prevent the supply of vegetables and other products to the starving women and children in the cities. Throughout the consideration of this measure the members of the Country party have shown a merely sectional interest; they have adopted a hypocritical attitude, but when other members express concern regarding the effect of this legislation upon the electorates we are refused any consideration by that party.

Mr Holloway - Is not the right honorable member for Cowper contending that rather than risk the health of the people we should approve of a temporary default?

Mr BEASLEY - Perhaps I have misunderstood the right honorable member. As a medical man he must know the effects of withholding the necessaries of life from the people; yet regardless of the consequences to the health of the community, he is prepared to send overseas money that is required to buy food, clothing and shelter for the people. His attitude varies on different causes, according to the interest at stake. I ask the Prime Minister to exercise the greatest care and discretion in the administration of this measure, so that the right honorable member for Cowper may obtain his pound of flesh. The needs of other sections may be disregarded, but at all costs let us protect the interest of country members.

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