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Tuesday, 7 September 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) . - I think it goes without saying that anything any union asks for, the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) should promptly grant. If they make a protest, and demand that he shall see them instanter, of course he must see them. Are they not the almightly power in this country at the moment, and is not the Prime Minister the merest adjunct of government! Is it not clear that the whole power of this country resides in the various Trades Halls and elsewhere? May I suggest to the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin), in all seriousness, that he should adopt a little more reasonable tone, particularly when he is asking Ministers to grant interviews with these people? No Prime Minister that ever lived in this country has granted more interviews to the various outside bodies than the present one, and it. seems that the more he grants the more trouble he gets into. My advice to him would be to grant even less.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 10.7 p.m.

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