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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr STEWART (Parramatta) . - I shall preface my remarks by referring to a statement that was made by the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green), and obviously directed at me. I shall not couch my reply in offensive terms, but shall merely say that the insinuation that the attitude of certain honorable members on this side is dictated by personal interests would not have been made had the honorable member for Kalgoorlie been familiar with the circumstances. I am not making any money out of broadcasting. I simply finance, at heavy expense and recurring weekly loss, a venture designed to assist certain religious organizations in Sydney. I only wish that J might have the opportunity to make the honorable member prove his contention.

I object to the amendment of the honorable member forFawkner (Mr. Maxwell), because I believe that the present unfortunate condition of Australia is largely due to the fact that during the past few decades administrations have ex tended governmental and quasigovernmental trading. I instance cattle stations, fish shops, saw-mills, timber yards, and, to come nearer home, Canberra hotels. I shall not be a party to- an extension of that principle, and, therefore, will vote against the amendment.

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