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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr CAMERON (Barker) .- The honorable member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan) has been at some pains to satisfy himself about the date when, the party which sits on this side dealt with the amendments to this bill. I am not in- the least concerned about dates. But I am concerned about his statement, and that of the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin), that Mr. Dumas came to Canberra for the purpose of influencing members of our party to act in a certain way in regard to this bill.

Mr Makin - The Postmaster-General will not deny it.

Mr CAMERON - That is not my concern. I am perfectly well aware of Mr. Dumas' visit to Canberra; but days before his arrival the party of which I am a member had decided what was to happen to the bill. Therefore I say quite definitely that the honorable member for Hindmarsh and the honorable member for Kennedy are entirely wrong in their Statements concerning the influence which they assert this gentleman exercised. As a matter of fact, I doubt very much if 2 per cent, of the members of the Government party met Mr. Dumas or knew that he was here. It is useless for honorable members to try to show, by the manipulation of dates, that Mr. Dumas was responsible in any way for the action that is now being taken or that was taken after the matter was discussed by this party. It is futile to continue that line of argument ; it will prove nothing if it is persisted in all night. I am entirely opposed to the socialization of any form of industry.

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