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Thursday, 15 July 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) . - A charge has been made against members of the party which I have the honour to lead, that yesterday they were afraid to speak. May I say now that they paid me the compliment, in my unavoidable absence, of waiting till I was present. There can be no doubt that we have to face the situation as it is presented to us, and so far as I am concerned I intend to do so. I have been in this House now for over seventeen years, and no man has yet been in a position to say that I have ever been afraid to take the consequences of any vote I have given. And I challenge any member of this House to say that I ever voted against what I thought to be right, even upon a question submitted by the Government of which I was a supporter. I candidly confess I cannot understand the tone of some of the speeches that were delivered yesterday by members of the Opposition. So far as I can gather, they constitute a direct attack upon the Country party.

Mr Austin Chapman -Well, give them one back now.

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