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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1366

Mr PATERSON (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) .- I regard the amendment of the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Jolly) as just plain common sense. Although some of those who have opposed it have tried very hard to convince themselves that they are right, I do not believe that they have succeeded in doing so. On other occasions we have heard a good deal from honorable members opposite regarding the desirability of the Commonwealth taking over all social services, of doing away with overlapping as between Commonwealth and State activities, and the desirability of operating on an Australian basis, instead of on a State basis. Nevertheless, some of those honorable members are to-night advocating that the States should be free to enter into competition with, one another in supplementing Commonwealth social legislation.

Mr Morgan - We cannot prevent them under the Constitution.

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