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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr JAMES (Hunter) (1:26 AM) .As we proceed from clause to clause of this drastic bill the fact becomes increasingly evident that the Government is determined to get its pound of flesh from the State of New South Wales, regardless of the suffering entailed. Not only are the revenues of the State to be confiscated, but loan moneys on their way to the State are to be arrested by the Commonwealth, and national works that are in progress will have to be discontinued. The right honorable member for Cowper spoke in defence of country interests. I do not represent only miners; there are approximately 25,000 rural electors in my constituency. Portions of the electorate have no proper water supply, and have to rely on tanks, which breed mosquitoes and disease. Extensions of the water mains have been promised, but if the Commonwealth withholds loan money from the States, such works cannot be proceeded with. The people in many country towns in my electorate and elsewhere are suffering in health through the inadequate water supplies, and if the Government operates this legislation it will prove that its members are stark, staring mad, in their vindictive political prejudice against the Lang Government.

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