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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr WHITE (Balaclava) . - I regret that I cannot support the amendment of the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Maxwell), as it opens the door for an extension of government trad- ing. Honorable members opposite are, of course, believers in nationalization.

Mr Rosevear - Socialization, not nationalization.

Mr WHITE - The supporters of the Government have recently toured the Commonwealth declaring that their policy was that governments . should govern and not trade. The honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory) has referred to the trading activities of the Electricity Commission of Victoria. That body has recently built a skyscraper in Melbourne, and has established shops for the sale of electrical equipment throughout the city and in many country centres. We should frame our statutes so that that kind of thing could be prevented. The object of the amendment of the honorable member for Swan is perfectly clear. He wishes to prevent the commission from engaging in any business whatever. The amendment of the honorable member for Fawkner will spoil the clause if it is agreed to, and I do not think any honorable member who is opposed to government trading can consistently vote for it.

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