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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yarra) .- I should like to remind the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) that he has never heard any member of the Labour party denounce the Government for its action in purchasing Commonwealth ships. No such denunciation has come from this side. Nor can it be said that I have ever denounced the Coal Board. On the contrary, I have said the Board have done magnificent work. But, while the Government are taking this action to assist the primary producers, may we ask what private enterprise is doing in the same direction? Those who are continually howling for private enterprise, and demanding that there shall be no Government interference with trade, should ask their private enterprise friends who are owners of steam-ships to do a little more for the producers of Australiaby carrying their produce for them at lower rates.

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