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Tuesday, 29 June 1937

Senator BROWN - Does the honorable senator think that we should withdraw from the League.

Senator FOLL - I do not think that we are deriving any benefit from membership, but, I believe, that the League, as it exists to-day, leads some of the smaller nations to live in an atmosphere of false security. Some of the smaller European countries, particularly on the German frontier, are perturbed at what may happen if German rearmament continues at its present rate. To-day, the Russian army is probably greater than any army the world has ever known. While the League, which is supposed to be the " dove of peace " is publishing valueless reports, the more powerful nations are increasing armaments. In making these remarks I am completely at variance with some honorable senators, but I am confident that many nation? are totally unaware of the actual position. The existence of the League enables representatives of different countries to gain some experience by " rubbing shoulders " with diplomats and public men from other countries. The League has achieved very few of the objectives for which it was created.

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