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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .by leave- The brief statement of the Minister for External Affairs was to the point. I associate the Labour party with the proposals to bc placed before the Disarmament Conference by the Commonwealth delegation, and I believe that all members of this Parliament, and indeed all the Australian people, will support the delegation in every effort to reduce armaments. No step towards the complete disarmament of the world can be too advanced for the Australian people. The Attorney-General will represent not the Government of the Commonwealth alone, but the Australian people; and disarmament is a subject of which he has considerable knowledge. He .has- beer associated with the League of Nations Union for many years, and has kept in close touch with its principles and spirit; he has on more than one occasion discussed its objectives in this House with great skill. The Disarmament Conference will provide the first real test of the League of Nations, and the sincere hope of all of us is that it will meet it satisfactorily. The wish of the Australian people will be that their delegate may apply, all his knowledge and ability to secure the maximum practicable reduction of armaments.

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