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Thursday, 10 May 1928

Mr SPEAKER - Order !

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - If my remark is out of order, the right honorable member for Balaclava is the cause of it, and he is not present. His statement lends colour to what has transpired here to-day, and to the rumours that there was much difficulty in the caucus of the party opposite on account of this motion. When the Minister tried to get his followers to vote against it, many of them said they did lot like voting against something in which they believed. The honorable member for Brisbane wound up his speech' in support of his clumsy amendment by saying, " Steps should be taken to provide some equally effective means, preferably anindependent appeal board." In other words he admitted that the proposal of the honorable, member for Reid was an admirable one. The amendment means nothing, and was intended to mean nothing.

Mr Brennan - The object is to make a pretence that honorable members opposite are not voting in the negative.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Quite so. Instead of voting against the motion outright, they have asked for a halfway house, in which to shelter, so that it cannot be said that they voted against a proposal which they favoured. The Minister has given no reason for opposing the- motion. He has not asked that the returned soldiers should deal with the cases themselves.

Sir Neville Howse - God forbid !

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister tried to suggest that that was the effect of the proposal of the honorable member for Reid. I earnestly hope that the motion will be carried.

Sitting suspended from 6.15 to 8p.m.

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