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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr JAMES - Has the Prime Minis ter seen the newspaper report of a speech of Mr. Eric Campbell, the leader of the New Guard, delivered at Manly on the 14th instant, in which he referred to the Prime Minister's intention to stop the activities of the New Guard ?

Campbell expressed amazement at the statement by the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) on Friday, regarding military associations. He did not think that the Prime Minister was so unwise as to include the New Guard. " When the election campaign was in progress, Mr. Lyons would lie down and let us wipe our feet on him, because we protected him. When he made a speech at the Sydney Town Hall, 1.500 new guardsmen were present at his urgent request."

If that statement is correct, I ask the Prime Minister whether, apart from any encouragement given to the New Guard by reason of its protection having been sought by the Leader of the Government, he is of the opinion that, by allowing himself to be used as a convenience for dirty footwear-

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