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Tuesday, 18 May 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - I see little to object to in the paragraph, and, in my opinion, we can safely pass sub-paragraph c, because it will be useless. The agreement is "to last for fifteen years, and before the end of that time there will have been in all probability some changes of Government. Could a Ministry which did not favour the Inchcape Combine be farced against its will to bring in a Bill in opposition to its policy, and compel its supporters to vote for it? Whatever action may be taken will depend entirely on the views of the Government in office. If there is a Government in office in favour of continuing this Combine it will be prepared to pass this legislation, but if there is in office a Government opposed to a monopoly of this kind there is no power under this agreement to compel a majority in this Parliament to do anything.

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