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Friday, 25 November 1938


Mr GANDER (Reid) .- I listened with some attention to members of the Government during the course of this debate, and with rapt attention to honorable members on this side of the House. As I think I shall be the last speaker, it is now possible to review the course of the debate. If I were judge, I should say that the Opposition has left the Government without a bone in the bag, and if the Government did the right thing it would immediately resign from office.

The Government has tried to restrict the debate to the one subject of defence. It has tried to intimidate the Opposition, and the people generally, by making out that the country is about to be raided by enemies. Members of the Government have given us to understand that enemy vessels are lurking just off our shores, and that bomb's may be dropped at any moment on our capital cities. The Government has tried to create a war hysteria. Even while the debate was in progress, the Government selected the champion war-lord of them all to go out recruiting - I refer to the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes). And the Government' chose wisely, because there is not a man in Australia who has had more experience in the work. There is not a man in Australia who has done more to urge other men to go and fight. I can clearly recall the last war, when the right honorable gentleman, early in 1914, declared that every man should don khaki. Later, when, the troops were not being sent off fast enough to suit him and his friends, he sought to bring in conscription. To-day, there are members of this Government who are hoping that the recruiting campaign will fail, so that they will be able to conscript the youth of Australia. As I have said, the Government has chosen well. AH the right honorable gentleman will have to do is to look up the files, and find the speeches he delivered during the







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