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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) . - I am greatly pleased that it is not the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) that the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. Tames) seeks to match with Mr. Lang in a boxing contest, because he is the finest side-stepper that I know. I set up one line of argument, and the Prime Minister has deliberately side-tracked my remarks, going off at a tangent. I do not for a moment question the validity of the Financial Agreements Enforcement Act. It is not for me or other honorable members to do so. What I question is whether it is proper to pass legislation which is designed to make employees of the Government of New South Wales pawns in this struggle between the two Governments. Those employees will have the choice of loyalty to the Government which employs them, or obedience to the Government that is endeavouring to take certain moneys from their employers. That will be the position of railway and tramway employees if this amendment is carried.

Mr Thorby - They are employees of the Crown.

Mr ROSEVEAR - That does not alter the position. This Government and members of the New South Wales Government are also, in a sense, employees of the Crown. Employees of the State Government of New South Wales are being placed in ian invidious position. If this Government wants to impose penalties for non-observance of the law, why not impose them on the Government concerned, and not on those who take their instructions from that. Administration. '

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