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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator MCBRIDE - The honorable senator will send us all out of the chamber if he continues talking nonsense.

Senator DARCEY - Senator McBride is the most irresponsible member of this chamber. All he does is to sit on his seat and laugh. I repeat that this method of raising revenue will involve the country in very heavy taxes; and every increase of taxes lowers the standard of living. Senator McBride may well smile. Recently, he boasted that over 100,000 sheep had been shorn during the last season on his property. Apparently, his association with the sheep business has given him a sheepish mentality. I repeat that there is nothing to stop the Government from - obtaining this £100,000,000 from the Commonwealth Bank. I defy any honorable senator to challenge the correctness of that statement. However, it seems to be a waste of time to place these matters before honorable senators. My only reason in seeking election to the Senate was to fight the money monopoly; and I have carried on that fight since I became a member of this chamber. No honorable senator can challenge successfully the correctness of any statement I have made in this chamber on finance. Honorable senators opposite do not doubt the truth of my statements; but they refuse to admit the fact. Only this morning I quoted the greatest financial authorities in the world in support of the arguments I have consistently placed before this chamber on financial matters.

Senator McBRIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Why does not the honorable senator convince the Government?

Senator DARCEY - The honorable senator is most insulting; he laughs at any honorable senator who presents a proposition with which he does not agree. The recent criticism by a Sydney newspaper of the manner in which some honorable senators conduct themselves in this chamber was quite justified.

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