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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I presume that such an arrangement will come before this House for settlement when a tentative settlement has been arrived at between the Governments of the Commonwealth and the States. I know, of course, that we can ride roughshod over the States, if Ave will; but there is no reason at all why we should do so. The matter at issue is a partnership concern between Commonwealth and States, and relates to a vital part of the financing of the two parties. Therefore, it is obvious, and would be only courteous, that we should consult the States before' arriving at any decision. The whole question of financial relations, among other matters, is bound to arise at the forthcoming Premiers' Conference.

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