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Wednesday, 7 July 1920

Mr HUGHES - I had not seen the message until the honorable member showed it to me. I notice that it was sent to the Herald from its special representative in London, which fact, in itself, I think, carries its answer. No doubt, parts of the cablegram are true, though what they are, beyond the date and the sender's address, I am unable to say. I cannot say whether the British Ministry remains adamant, though I think that that would cause general surprise throughout the Empire. But, emphatically, it is not true that the attitude of the Government in regard to the payment of these moneys has changed. For the rest, the cablegram is not an accurate presentation of the facts. It does not, in any way, state the present position between the Government of the Commonwealth and the Government of Great Britain. In all matters relating to the payment of half profits, I have been acting with, and in accord with, the representatives of the pastoralists, whom I met as late as last Friday. They are entirely in agreement with my views, and authorized me to make certain representations to the British Government on their behalf; which I have done.

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