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Wednesday, 23 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The motion submitted by Senator Bakhap expresses warm appreciation of the Conference which is , being held at Washington and wishes it a successful issue. I do not know that I need say anything more than that every member of the Senate and every citizen beyond these walls firmly re-echoes the sentiments which Senator Bakhap has expressed in words. It is impossible to shut our eyes to the fact that, much as we might have hoped, and still hope for, from the League of Nations, it left something wanting. It appears to me that the action of President Harding has supplied thatsomething, and there does seem more than a reasonable probability that out of the Conference which he has convened some understanding between the Greater Powers may be achieved which will not only relieve us of the burden of present armaments, but will insure to the world a more peaceful existence in the future. For this reason I desire to express my hearty concurrence with the terms of the motion, and will give it my hearty support.

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