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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - The passage which the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) has just read from an American' magazine, merely confirms what I said the other night as to the honour and integrity of Great Britain. In endeavouring to show that Great Britain has acted in regard to her creditors as discreditably as certain of the American States, all the writer could do was to go back nearly 600 years to the days of Edward III., when, it is alleged, the King borrowed money from the Republic of Florence, a State which no longer exists. I remind the honorable member that there was then no " Great Britain " ; it was centuries later that the United Kingdom came into existence. It is regrettable that the honorable gentleman should try to support unfounded charges as to lack of integrity on the part of Great Britain, and give countenance to inaccurate and ludicrous statements.

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