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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr LANE (Barton) .- Honorable, members opposite have quoted vari ous dates, and so arranged them as to support their statement that some outside interested parties have influenced honorable members on this side of the chamber in their attitude to this measure. I. am rather surprised at some honorable members opposite lending themselves to such doubtful tactics. As I have said before, the sincerity of some individuals and some parties in this chamber is to be questioned. This measure was introduced on the 10 th March, and was subsequently discussed by the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes), the honorable member for Parramatta (Mr. Stewart) and the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White). Following their lead th.-j associated press immediately took the opportunity to criticize the bill. Honorable members opposite have been almost dishonest in their interpretation of certain dates. We on this side of the chamber are against nationalization. We fought that issue at the election. The policy of nationalization is identified throughout this country with corruption on the part of those who support it. Every government that has sponsored nationalization has been corrupt. For instance, we have only to look to Queensland in which State the great ex-chief of the Labour party dragged the policy of nationalization and government control in the gutter. We have a similar example in New South Wales. Nearly every aspect of nationalization has been eliminated from this bill, and we on this side of the chamber are entitled to fight to the last ditch in obliterating any remnants of nationalization or government control. We have declared our policy in every State and upon every platform. Apart altogether from the action of the Associated Press in criticizing the bill we are prepared to stand by that policy. On the 10th March the party to which I belong dealt with the bill and decided to reconstruct it. The honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) has discovered that a certain gentleman was in the precincts of Parliament House on the 14th March.

Mr Makin - I said the 16th March.

Mr LANE - That makes the position worse. The honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) has alleged that a communication dated the 30th March lias been embodied in this bill. That is a deliberate attempt to mislead honorable members.

Mr Forde - The honorable member knows that the B class stations have influenced the members of his party.

Mr LANE - The honorable member, like a rabbit, runs from one burrow to another. When 0ne argument fails, he uses another. He now attacks the B class stations. His action is typical of the men who fought us in the last election; men who never fight square. I have been taken to task by the honorable member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan) for not having previously spoken on this measure, but I refrained from speaking because the criticism of honorable members opposite was not worth answering. We regret the absence of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Scullin), who probably would have contributed something worth while to the debate. I say without fear of contradiction that the dates that have been quoted, and the subject-matter that has been supplied, are misleading. Those honorable members who have not taken part m the debate have rendered a service to the country by ignoring the arguments that have been advanced by honorable members opposite.

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