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PLANS UPSET

HOUSE ADJOURNS BREAK OF ONE WEEK Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. An adjournment of a week until next Tuesday evening was decided upon by the House of Representatives when it sat briefly last night. The financial debate was to have been opened, but when the House met at 7.30 p.m. the Prime Minister, Mr. Fraser, referred to the uncertainty of the date and the nature of the reply from the Japanese Government to the Allied peace terms. "The minds of members of tne House, as of everybody in the Dominion, are on the possibility ot peace, and we are speculating as to the effect of the arrangements for peace upon our domestic economy and finance," said the Prime Minister All members must feel uncertain as to the advisability of continuing sitting that night or during the succeeding days of this week. Members would want to be in their own electorates where there was always plenty of work for them to do during the peace celebrations. That was a good and strong reason for a week s adjournment. Mr. Fraser said he was also sure that every member of the House felt that a Budget introduced under war conditions, making provision for a year of war with slightly more than half of that year to run, might not necessarily be an accurate estimate of the finance required for the remainder of the year under peace conditions. There was a danger that a discussion of the Financial Statement submitted last Thursday might bring to the members and to the country a sense of unreality. "A Matter of Honrs" In view of these circumstances, and after discussion with the Leader of the Opposition and party members, he would suggest that it might meet the convenience of everyone if the adjournment was taken. Mr. Fraser said that he had been re minded by the Minister of Supply and Munitions, Mr. Sullivan, that the Japanese reply might not be forthcoming even then. "Personally, continued Mr. Fraser, "I think it will. I think it is a matter of hours, rather than days, but I hav> no basis for that other than just a feeling that it will be so." . If the reply had not been received by next Tuesday night, continued Mr. Fraser, arrangements could be made between the parties for 20 members to attend and an adjournment could be taken for another few days, but he did not think that course would be necessary. , , x Mr. Fraser expressed the hope that the country would ignore all premature or false announcements, and wait for an authoritative announcement of Japan's decision. Nothing was more disappointing and confusing than for false and premature announcements to be taken at their face value. He hoped that the country and all citizens, particularly those who might have responsible positions in regard to the matter, would take special precautions not to make any move whatever in the way of celebrations until the official announcement was made. The Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Holland, said he had had discussions with the Prime Minister and freely exchanged views with him on the position which had developed. The Budget had been presented on the basis that New Zealand was to have a force of some 55,000 men in a certain war zone, and that hostilities would continue for another year. That was now not likely to be the position. The whole situation had changed, and under those circumstances both he and the Prime Minister had reached the conclusion that to continue the debate at the present stage would be useless, and might even be dangerous, because things might be said on a basis that was unreal. The best interest of the country, it was felt, would be served by having an adjournment so that the Government could reconsider the whole position and frame fresh estimates of expenditure. Tremendous issues were involved, added Mr. Holland. Men who had won New Zealand's freedom would be returning in large numbers, and the organisation which it would be necessary to have ready for them on their return would require preparation.

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PLANS UPSET, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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PLANS UPSET Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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