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BIG BUSINESS AHEAD PRIME MINISTER'S OUTLINE Parliamentary Reporter WELLINGTON, this day. The first official indication that the present session of Parliament is likely to be a long one was given in the House of Representatives yesterday by the Prime Minister," Mr. Fraser, when replying to a request from the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Holland, for an outline of some of the business to be dealt with.

Mr. Fraser said that as far as he could see he did not think the session would be over early, as there were some important matters about which there might possibly be some differences of opinion. (Laughter.)

"What about the country quota?" asked Mr. Doidge (Nat., Tauranga), after Mr. Fraser had sketched the Government's legislative programme.

"What is that?" retorted Mr. Fraser. laughing. He added that he did not think there was anything to get excited about on that particular subject, but there would be an announcement made in due course. He was sure the overwhelming ambition of the member for Tauranga to give equal values to everybody would be fully met.

Mr. Doidge: I am sure the lesson of Dunedin North will not be lost.

Mr. Fraser said he' would be prepared, perhaps to-day or to-morrow, to detail the future business of the House. In regard to New Zealand's future war effort, he was hoping there would be. an opportunity for discussion this week. The Leader of the Opposition knew his mind on that. There would be no decision regarding the New Zealand Division until Parliament was consulted. Because of his absence from the Dominion he had not been conversant with the Air Force position, about which a statement had been made the night before. That was a matter that could be discussed in conjunction with the future of the Division and whatever information there was would be made available at least to the parties. He would be pleased to discuss arrangements preliminary to that discussion.

"Considerable Expenditure"

It was quite true, continued Mr, Fraser, that there was important legislation to come down. There was also the important matter of the Budget, as certain matters involved considerable expenditure. It would probably be most helpful and convenient to take the Budget before the Bank of New Zealand Bill or the Minimum Family Income Bill.

In regard to the remainder of legislation he hoped to be able to indicate some of it shortly. For this week, said Mr. Fraser, there was the Finance Bill, the discussion of which had not been completed. That night the discussion on the United Nations Charter on World Security would be started and the debate could be continued to-day and longer if the House decided. He also thought it wise that the House should make a declaration on the World Food and Agricultural Conference held at Hot Springs. It was also absolutely: necessary that the Bretton Woods Conference should be discussed. He proposed to suggest to the House that after the San Francisco Charter had been discussed and, he hoped, ratified, it would be suitable, to take the Bretton Woods pro-, posals. In reply to a question from Mr.! Poison (Nat., Stratford), Mr. Fraser said he had no doubt that the United Kingdom would ratify the Bretton Woods agreement without question. He added that there was one important bill from the last session, namely, the Home Improve-, ment Bill, which would have to be reintroduced by the Minister of Works, Mr. Semple, who no doubt would be in a position to do that shortly There was also the Criminal Appeal Bill on the order paper. Referring to other impending legislation, Mr. Fraser said there would be several labour bills, including a Consolidation of Factories Act (which was a big measure), amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act and the Shops and Offices Act In addition, there would oe an Apprenticeship Bill. The Minister of Health had the Consolidation of the: Nurses and Midwives Act, which provided also for some small amendments. There would also be an Airways Bill.

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LONG SESSION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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LONG SESSION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945

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