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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Mr LAZZARINI (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - We were at war at that time.

Mr MARWICK - I said that at that time the war had not approached our shores and that Japan had not become our enemy. The Minister for Home Security (Mr. Lazzarini) should not try to put words into my mouth. In my view, this is the first step towards the abolition of the States. There is a good deal of party politics in this proposal and very little of war effort. The generosity of the Government in the last fortnight does not lead me to conclude that it is finding it difficult to finance the war. In any case, we are told that an amount of ?12,000,000 will be' added to the Government's revenue from income tax if this plan be approved and that sum is small in comparison with our estimated war expenditure for the coming year of ?360,000,000. For the reasons I have given, and particularly because this whole plan, reeks of party politics, I am opposed

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