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Tuesday, 18 May 1920

Mr HUGHES - Yes, we shall, but I think I may be permitted to remind honorable members that this House almost went on its knees every day, but the Sabbath - which is the best day of all for such a purpose - to ask that, for God's sake they should have no more of Government control. The Government not only listened to, but heeded those prayers, and abolished Government control. Honorable members have now the full benefit and glorious blessings of private enterprise, which seemed so attractive to them when they were afar off. Now they have got them.

Mr McWilliams - We have not got them.

Mr HUGHES - You have got them. However, I shall go down to these companies, and speak to them.What their answer will be is very obvious. They will say that they conduct their business on commercial principles. The Government do not do that. The Government have bowels of compassion. They listen to what honorable members say. They do not want 30s. for every 20s. they expend. I am very sorry to hear what the honorable member for Wakefield has complained of. I shall speak to the shipping companies.

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