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Thursday, 21 May 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - When, some months ago, Senator Abbott spoke to . his motion on the subject of an international language, I was in the unfortunate position of having just made about three speeches, and I thought that that was sufficient for one day. I am in somewhat the same position to-day, and therefore I shall not speak at length on the subject. Nevertheless, I do not desire to lose this opportunity to say that, in my opinion, the Senate is a most suitable place for a proposal of this kind to be discussed. I am in general accord with Senator Abbott on this subject; but I realize that there are thousands of people in the community who regard his proposal as impracticable. I remind such people that there was a time when Signor Marconi and Mr. Edison were regarded as wild theorists, whereas to-day millions of practical men are perfectly satisfied to use the results of their inventions. I understood Senator Abbott to say that this alternative language was not intended to be more than a subsidiary means of communication between peoples who would still retain their native tongues.

Senator Abbott - No interference with any person's mother tongue is intended.

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