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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr DEIN (Lang) .-Although adequate reasons have been advanced in support of these amendments, much time has been occupied . unnecessarily in their discussion. The bill was introduced in the ordinary way, and, following the criticism by honorable members, whose collective wisdom, I take it, is greater than that of the Cabinet itself, the amendments now before the committee were brought down by the Minister.- This procedure, I submit, is evidence of the true democratic^ spirit of this Government. Honorable members opposite have suggested that political pressure has been brought to bear on the Government and its supporters. My answer to them is that if in my judgment a clause- is right, I shall support it; if it is not, I shall vote against it. That is the motive which actuates me, and, I believe, all of the members of my party. I was not aware of Mr. Dumas' visit to Canberra until I heard of it to-night. Perhaps, as a member of the rank and file, it was not considered necessary to consult me; but obviously this proves that there is no foundation for the allegations of honorable members opposite. Much time has already been wasted in the discussion of these amendments. One honorable member opposite has spoken thirteen times. On twelve occasions his speeches have been a reiteration of statements previously made. Believing that this amendment will improve the bill, and is necessary, I intend to support it.

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