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Thursday, 2 June 1921

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The answer supplied to me is that consideration has not been given to this matter by the Government. I should like to supplement that formal reply, however, by saying that, as I understand it, what occurred was "this : There had been a debate in the French Chamber of Deputies, in which. M. Briand, the French Premier, had been accused of -being more or less under the complete control of Mr. Lloyd George. He had been accused in the French Chamber of being too pliant, and of not being sufficiently insistent on France's rights in his relations with the British Government. When, therefore, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth (Mr. Hughes) felicitated the French Premier and expressed his satisfaction at the result of the debate, he did nothing, so far as I can see, that gives any Imperial newspaper the right to chastise him for interfering in connexion with Silesian matters.

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