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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Bell (DARWIN, TASMANIA) - If there is any obstruction, it comes rather from honorable members who are interjecting so freely.

Mr JAMES - This amending bill merely tightens up the principal act. This is something like a game of chess. The Federal Government makes a move to attach the revenues of the State Government of New South Wales, and, when Mr. Lang makes an effective counter move, members of the Government come back to Parliament worried and gnashing their teeth, angry to think that this man has once more thwarted their endeavours. The Government will be back again next week with another amending bill, until it is finally checkmated by Mr. Lang. I have suggested a way in which the struggle could be shortened, by the two principals fighting out the matter in the stadium. That would be preferable to inflicting hardship upon the unfortunate people of New South Wales. We are wasting time in discussing a billthat will prove futile. Instead, we should proceed with legislation to relieve unemployment, a problem that this Government was specifically elected to solve.

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