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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .- On behalf of the Government I wish to say that we do not view this motion with any hostility. Even if a hostile Ministry were in office, the able manner in which the motion has been put forward by Senator Long would incline them to give it very serious consideration.But, seeing that there are now in office a Government fresh from the country, which from many platforms avowed their desire to encourage the employment of Australian workmen in industries in which they can be profitably engaged, and bearing in mind that the extension of governmental activities is a plank in the platform of the Labour party, I am justified in assuring Senator Long that his motion will receive earnest consideration at our hands. But, whilst associating the Government with his proposal in that way, I do not associate them with every thing that he said during the course of his speech. I may say, however, that his statements in regard to the agreement arrived at by the late Government for the settlement of the litigation threatened by the Marconi and Telefunken companies were substantially correct. I merely rose to assure him that the Government will! take this motion into their earnest consideration. There is nothing in it which is inconsistent with the declared policy of a Labour Ministry.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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