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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr FALSTEIN (Watson) .- Honorable members opposite were strangely silent when an identical provision, section 32 of the Australian National Airlines Act, was debated in this chamber last year.

Mr White - That provision was equally bad.

Mr FALSTEIN - The honorable member had an opportunity to oppose it then.

Mr White - j did oppose it.

Mr FALSTEIN - It cannot be disguised that members of the Opposition have contested this hil.l so strongly in the hope that some political advantage might accrue to them by influencing the people who are listening to the broadcast of the debate. Indeed, the honorable member for

Warringah (Mr. Spender) did everything except describe to the listening public the physical setting in which this debate is taking place. He referred to members on this side as, " You over there on the front bench ". The speech of the honorable member was studded with comments about what was happening in the chamber in- an attempt to tickle the' ears of listener's. His effort to have the clause amended was merely a "slick" effort' to show that -some matter which is outside the control of the Parliament ought to be brought under its control. He knows that the Government is responsible for the country's finances, and that at the pro'per time it will make any necessary explanation. I do not think that the honorable member's efforts to win for the Opposition the support of {he listening public will be successful, but we can expect to hear from honorable members opposite many such speeches between now and the general elections. I ask the committee to reject the amendment. I do not know whether honorable members opposite wish to delay the real business of the Parliament by indulging in such speeches, but it is unfortunate that they persist in such an attitude. As for the remarks of the honorable member for "Warringah concerning the honorable member for Fremantle (Mr. Beazley), I can only say that my colleague on this side of the chamber has as fine an appreciation of the matters discussed in this place as has the honorable member' for "Warringah, but I doubt that it will be possible to convince the latter that that is so.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 32 to 35 agreed to.

Clause 36 (Exemption of Commission from rates, taxes and charges).

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