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Friday, 8 February 1929

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Littleton Groom (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - Order! An honorable member may criticize the legislation of a preceding parliament, but he is not entitled to apply to a statute of Parliament, language which is disrespectful.

Mr BEASLEY - I find it difficult to couch my remarks in language that will conform with the Standing Orders.I shall therefore use the term " class legislation." Such legislation should be brought forward in a manner which will give sufficient time to honorable members to consult the people they represent. If that is done possibly we shall be able to prevent bad laws from being passed. Class legislation is exceedingly dangerous, and I think that when consideration is being given to the Standing Orders, full opportunity should be afforded to honorable members of discussing the best means of dealing with legislation of that character.

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