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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- Shortly after the Minister moved the second reading of this bill, trouble occurred over the measure in the Cabinet. It was a matter of common knowledge that the bill was to be dropped. It was reported that the Postmaster-General (Mr. Penton) threatened to resign, and I believe that the friction was due entirely to the clause under consideration. The amendment proposed by the Government in this clause alters the whole complexion of the bill. As the honorable member for Herbert (Mr. Martens) has pointed out, the present amendment conforms word for word with that suggested in a circular letter addressed to all members by the Associated Press. I sympathize with the Minister in the circumstances. At heart, at any rate, I believe that .he stands for the bill as originally drafted. When he threatened to take drastic action if the original bill were not adhered to, he felt that his principles had been violated, so it was reported. Members' opposite made no secret of the fact that this bill was to be dropped by the Government. After a certain time it was resurrected, and was submitted with amendments, in accordance with the desires of , the press that stands behind this Government.

Mr Lane - No.

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - The honorable member, with his tongue in his cheek, has tried to cross swords with the Lang party when it has acted in accordance with the chest of the Trades Hall.

Mr White - I submit that allegations concerning the Lang group, or any other section, have nothing to do with this bill.

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