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Wednesday, 2 November 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - This measure is complementary to the Commonwealth Bank, Savings Bank, Bill. I can merely repeat the protest which I uttered when it was proposed to suspend the Standing and Sessional Orders to allow the Minister (Senator Glasgow) to move a motion for the second reading of that bill. This legislation is of vast importance to the Commonwealth. Even the brief statement which was made by the Minister on the bank bill indicated how far reaching would be the effect of that measure should it become law. A housing scheme is embodied in the policy which the Government enunciated at the last elections. Surely it is deserving of greater consideration than, apparently it is the intention of the Minister to give to it. Having embarked upon the second reading of one of these two complementary measures he could very well have allowed the consideration of the second to remain in abeyance until the next day of sitting. I shall oppose the motion.

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