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Wednesday, 9 March 1904

Mr MAHON (COOLGARDIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I wish to know from the Treasurer if his attention has been directed to the following telegram from Western Australia, which conveys opinions alleged to have been expressed by Mr. Gardiner, the Treasurer of that State: -

Mr. Gardiner,the Treasurer, today arrived from Melbourne. He speaks very strongly against the attitude of Sir George Turner and Sir John Forrest at the Treasurers' Conference. There was more advertisement than sincerity, he says, in Sir George Turner's proposals. His statement of the position was full of old exploded arguments or assertions. Sir George Turner's suggestions were attempts to make the State Parliaments mere district councils.

Then comes what some of the representatives of Victoria may possibly consider a sacrilegious observation. In conclusion

He complains bitterly that, although the Conference was held in private, nearly all that Sir George Turner said appeared each morning in the press.

Mr McColl - I do not believe that-Mr. Gardiner said that.

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