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Wednesday, 1 September 1920


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) . - The Treasurer has preached the same doctrine this afternoon as he preached when the present Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) - as the then Leader of the Labour party - submitted proposed constitutional alterations to a referendum of the people. The Treasurer then said -

In these circumstances you are asked by your vote to defer your decision on the questions raised in the referendums to a more convenient season.

The season is always convenient for doing the right thing, and this Parliament should take the earliest possible opportunity of doing what is right. The High Court has given a decision in regard to State instrumentalities which many of us have anticipated, and has declared to be constitutional many other things held by the old High Court to be unconstitutional. I believe there are men on the High Court Bench to-day who will consider constitutional matters more in the spirit of Judge Marshall of America than the previous High Court did. The present Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes), in putting the case for the referendum in December, 1915, wrote -







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