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Tuesday, 18 May 1920


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) - - I understand that the Prime Minister is prepared to accept the amendment provided that certain words are excised from it.


Mr Hughes - Provided that the honorable member for Franklin agrees to strike out all the words that I desire to have struck out, and to insert all the words that I desire to have inserted.


Mr FENTON - The Prime Minister, if he is going to stick to his promise for once, has told us the words that he desires to have struck out, and the honorable member for Franklin (Mr. McWilliams) agreed to accept the amendment.


Mr McWilliams - I called his " bluff," and he turned it down.


Mr FENTON - The Prime Minister, without a smile on his face, looked straight at the honorable member for Franklin, and said that provided certain words were eliminated he would accept the amendment.


Mr Hughes - Provided that certain words were struck out, and that certain words were put in.


Mr FENTON - That may be the Prime Minister's amended statement, but it is not his original statement. I suggest that the honorable member for Franklin should include in his amendment a. proviso that, subject to Commonwealth control, every company shall be afforded the fullest opportunity of coming into Australia. But either with or without that limitation I shall support the amendment.







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