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Tuesday, 23 May 1939


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Prowse (FORREST, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I take it that the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. Green) is trying to show that the bill before the House is unnecessary.


Mr GREEN - That is just the point, and the honorable member for Barker does not like it. The speech continued -

5.   To guarantee the independence of the Slovak State by Germany, Poland and Hungary jointly - which means in practice the renunciation of any unilateral German hegemony in this territory.

We see, therefore, that Poland has really no right to this territory, and it is absurd to suggest that Poland has the right, against all sense of justice, to drag Britain into a war in which Britain would have no chance of success. I do not think for a moment that Mr. Chamberlain will embark upon a war in which Britain must inevitably bc defeated.

Now let me quote another authority, no less a one than the honorable member for Barker, who has been freely interjecting. He is reported in the Bulletin as follows: -

The change in Britain's foreign policy was the theme of Mr. Cameron's contribution to the debate. Germany, he stated, has "just grievances against Poland ", and he asked " whether a move by Germany to have its grievances redressed is something upon which British lives and money should be squandered ". Going further, he said, " The present British alliances do not comply with the three main principles which should govern all alliances: community of interests, identity of objects, geographical and strategical ability to render mutual aid ".

Where arc the community of interests and identity of objects so far as Russia is concerned? And in regard to Rumania and Poland, where are the geographical and strategical considerations which would make it possible for the allied countries to assist each other? How could Britain send troops to Poland?

Nobody answered the member for Barker, probably because nobody could answer him.

There is no reason why Britain should bo committed to the defence of territory on behalf of Poland, for which the Poles themselves would probably not be prepared to fight in any case.







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