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Wednesday, 13 November 1935

Debate resumed from the 8thNovember (vide page 1454), on motion by Senator Sir George Pearce -

That the bill he now read a second time.

SenatorBROWN (Queensland) [3.13]. - When, on Friday,I asked for leave to continue my remarks, I was pointing out that, in the event of the imposition of sanctions after the18th November, there was every probability that Germany would continue to sell goods to Italy. I do not know whether the League of Nations, or any government associated with it, has received any guarantee from Herr Hitler that the Government of Germany will not follow such a course.

If Germany should continue to sell goods to Italy after sanctions are imposed, that would, in the opinion of all thinking men, nullify to a great extent the effect of sanctions. We know authoritatively that, during the Great War, goods were sold even by the Allies to Germany, the goods being forwarded through neutral countries. We also know that, during the Great War, representatives of the financial interests of Great Britain, France and Germany met in conference to deal with the granting of a loan to China, and to determine, among other things, the amount which each of these powers could lend. Thus, in a war in which the great European powers were involved, opportunities arose and were taken advantage of by the governments of the belligerent countries to sell goods to belligerents irrespective of alliances. If a similar opportunity should arise in this conflict, sections of private enterprise, which are devoid of national honour, will be prepared to act against their own nations in order to make profit.

Senator Hardy - Because one stud in a house is rotten, there is no need to condemn the whole structure.

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