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Thursday, 2 September 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - The honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Ryan) has given the Committee an opportunity to hear him for about twenty minutes by the clock. Of that time he has devoted three minutes to the Bill, and seventeen minutes to himself, and things in general. The honorable member entered this House under very curious circumstances, and, as time goes on, he finds those circumstances most embarrassing. Whereas he was once leader of his party in Queensland, tie is now not even the leader of a section of the Labour party.. He has told as that there are no sections in his party. If that is theposition of the Labour party -if there are no sections in it - then Ican only say that they are all dragged in the train of my honorable friend'smaster. He has alluded to amy masters, and I am justified inreferring to his master, whose name I have spoken very clearly. He is mot, and never was, a memberof the Labour party. He does not understand it, and knows nothing whatever about it.

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - On a point of order, I ask you, Mr. Chairman, whether the

Prime Minister has so far uttered a word in regard to the proposednew clause.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Atkinson - I was going to ask the right honorable gentleman to confine his remarks to the clause.

Mr HUGHES - I must point out, sir, that you permitted the honorable member for West Sydney to wander where he liked. I hope you will allow me to wander a little after him.

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