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Tuesday, 18 May 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - I can quite understand the attitude of the honorable member who has just resumed his seat. He has said straightforwardly that he does not wish to allow Australians to embark upon the oil industry. He is logical and straight. The honorable member for Wannon (Mr. Rodgers) has talked more absurdly upon this question than has any other honorable member to whom I have listened. Throughout the debate upon the Bill the objection urged to its reference to a Select Committee has been that there is nothing to prevent anybody outside the Anglo-Persian Company from embarking upon the industry.

Mr Maxwell - There is nothing to prevent them from finding oil.

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