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Friday, 18 June 1915

Senator SENIOR - Senator Shannon himself was returned by the Labour vote.

Senator DE LARGIE - There is one aspect of this question which it is well for us to remember. If the Opposition are so anxious for us to create a National Government, why do they not put all their cards on the table, and boldly declare how far they are willing to give effect to the express mandate of the people ? Are they prepared to abide by the determination of the country on the question of preference to unionists, or do they wish us. to abandon that principle? Are they willing to forego their hostility to it?

Senator Shannon - The questions which the honorable senator asks have already been decided by the people on two occasions.

Senator DE LARGIE - A vote has been taken upon them.

Senator SENIOR - And we secured * very much increased vote in favour of them at the last time of asking.

Senator DE LARGIE - All these things indicate the attitude of the country in regard to them. If honorable senators opposite have their minds -A on the establishment of a National Government at this particular juncture, they should let us know exactly what they propose.

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