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Thursday, 3 April 1941

The CHAIRMAN -(Senator JamesMcLachlan). - Order! In this instance the word " profiteering " is most inappropriate and I ask the honorable senator not to use it. If he objects to the clause, he can signify his disapproval in gentlemanly language.

Senator CAMERON - So far as I am aware, the word "profiteering" is not vulgar. It aptly describes the bill.

The CHAIRMAN - As it is derogatory to the dignity of Parliament, I shall not allow the honorable senator to use it.

Senator CAMERON - If you, Mr. Chairman, object to the word " profiteering", I shall substitute the word " appropriation ", because an appropriation as a rule takes from the people a good deal more than the Government is entitled to take. The word "may" implies that an honorable senator is at liberty to suggest an alternative title. If this were a loan in the ordinary sense, no objection could be taken to the bill. In the circumstances, however, " profiteering " is a much more suitable word.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 (Authority to borrow ?50,000,000).

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