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Wednesday, 4 August 1920

I am wondering just where this idea came from. I am wondering whether, in May last, this wing of the National party was given a hint to get busy and do some propaganda work, just as in the case of the Farmers and Settlers Association, who were told to get busy in 1917 in order to get rid of Mr. Justice Higgins. The proposition set forth in the document emanating from the People's Federation of Returned Soldiers and Citizens is, with merely a series of changes of names, a replica of the Bill; or, perhaps, I should say that the Bill is, with those same changes, a replica of the provisions contained in the document. For example, the statement refers to the Supreme Court; the Bill speaks of a Commonwealth Council. The statement alludes to State Courts; the Bill speaks of District Councils. In the document there is reference to Justices ; the Bill mentions Local Boards. In the former there is reference to a Court of Industrial Review ; whereas the Bill refers to special tribunals. The coincidence right through is altogether extraordinary.

Mr Jowett - This kind of thing is much easier than exposing the faults of the Bill.

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