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Friday, 9 July 1920

Orders of the Day having been called on,

Mr Tudor - I wish to raise a point of order. Yesterday I gave notice of the following motion: -

That the Government is deserving of censure for its general incapacity, and more particularly -

(a)   for its failure to prevent an inordinate rise in the cost of living;

(b)   for its failure to keep its pledges with returned soldiers and their dependants;

(c)   for its failure to take steps to deal with the causes of industrial unrest; return to the Australian people for their wool and other primary products sold overseas;

(e)   for its failure to make definite binding contracts for the sale of such products which would have prevented any possibility of profiteering overseas in Australian products at the expense of Australian producers, and would have made it possible to secure a prompt adjustment of accounts in connexion with such sales.

This morning, in answer to the honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Higgs), you, Mr. Speaker, said that you had placed this notice of motion at the head of to-day's business-paper, and, therefore, I assumed that the Government were treating it as they ought to treat all motions of this character, particularly as simultaneously with the meeting of the Labour party yesterday morning, a meeting was held at Ballarat, where the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) stated that the Government were hanging on by a slender majority.

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