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Thursday, 6 May 1915


Mr HUGHES (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) - Before such a cable is sent, action should be taken by the vignerons of Australia to proclaim the injury that they aro likely to suffer, and it should be made plain that a considerable portion of out citizens desire us to take action. It is the duty of the Government to give effect to the wishes of any body of citizens representing an important Australian industry such as wine making, but we cannot act on the request of one or two vignerons. It must first be shown that there is a consensus of opinion in favour of our interference. Once that is done- and it ought not to be a matter of difficulty to get it done - we shall be pleased to make representations to the Imperial Government.







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