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Thursday, 21 August 1941

Senator Leckie - Will the honorable senator read the second part of the declaration again?

Senator Leckie - Who is to make the arrangements with the British Government?

Senator Spicer - What does the honorable senator mean by that?

Senator Leckie - What kind of representation ?

Senator Spicer - That does not affect this question in the least

Senator McBRIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - That is not correct.

Senator McBRIDE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The honorable senator is still not correct.

Senator McBride - The Prime Minister said nothing of the kind.

Senator McBride - The honorable gentleman cannot have it both ways.

Senator McBride - The Government is not abandoning it.

Senator Spicer - Why does not the honorable senator and his colleagues take on the job of government themselves?

Senator McBride - The honorable senator should not issue threats.

Senator McBride - The honorable senator has said it. I have something else here.

SenatorCOLLINGS.- The Minister for Munitions (Senator McBride) is at liberty to "trot it out " whenever he likes. I know what it is he has in mind. I make these statements in all seriousness and with a sense of responsibility. So far as the Opposition is concerned, the Prime Minister will not go to London. What the Government will do in the matter we do not know, but we do know what it ought to do. The plan to trans fer the Prime Minister to London is not clever. It is not half so subtle as was the plea for a national government.

Senator Leckie - Where did the honorable gentleman get the idea that the Prime Minister called a meeting of members of the United Australia party ?

Senator McBride - That is not correct.

Senator Spicer - It was a matter of the leadership of the United Australia party.

Senator Sampson - The honorable senator's statements are hopelessly inaccurate.

Senator McBride - What was done during the last war ?

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