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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr RICHARD FOSTER (Wakefield) . - The Government have taken the only stand that decency suggests, under the circumstances. As a. representative of the people, I never felt my responsibility more keenly than I do at this moment. The decision of the High Court has come to us in such a sudden fashion, and involves issues of such magnitude, that itis nothing short of an avalanche.

Mr Ryan - Why do you refer to the judgment as an " avalanche " ?

Mr RICHARD FOSTER - The honorable member, who led a Ministry for some years, ought to know something of the concern of all the State Governments, in view of this strange and unexpected decision - a decision which is leading him with what I may consider, without offence, indecent haste, to appropriate the new-found power before the people of the country really know what it means.

Mr Ryan - I expected the decision.

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