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Friday, 20 August 1920


Mr RYAN - I have been informed that the troops were brought to Melbourne for the purpose of being used in connexion with a meeting proposed to be held here, and that they were quartered in the Domain, where they were instructed how and when they were to fire.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - What meeting was that?


Mr RYAN - A meeting that was proposed or suggested to be held in Melbourne.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Where!

Mr.RYAN.- On the 28th July.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Where?


Mr RYAN - The Forces were instructed in the Domain how and when they were to fire, and how and when they were to strike men and women with the butts of their rifles.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I do not believe it.


Mr RYAN - It is absolutely true, and when an honorable member asks a question of the sort of a Minister, he ought not to be refused a reply, because it is one of great public interest, not only to every member of the House, but to the whole of the public.


Mr Lister - I beg to call attention to the state of the House.

There not being a quorum present,

Mr. Speakeradjourned the House at 4.6 p.m.







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