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Friday, 21 November 1941


Mr CURTIN - Nevertheless, .this country must be guided by the lessons of history. The Government will ask the Australian people to refrain from anything which it considers would weaken the war effort instead of strengthening it. A controversy about conscription at this stage will npt odd one man to the fighting forces of Australia, but will merely give comfort to the enemy.

Mr DUNCAN-HUGHES - Is it not a fact, that the adoption of conscription in the United Kingdom and New Zealand has resulted in an increased war effort in those countries?

Mr CURTIN - An increased war effort may not be due to any particular policy; it may be entirely due to the momentum of the country's effort, and its .increasing capacity, as the result of experience, to wage war. The policy that has been applied in Australia has brought about an increasing Avar effort, and Australia was never before so well prepared for -\var as it is now.

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