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Thursday, 13 May 1915


Mr RICHARD FOSTER (Wakefield) . - N/ot one statement has come from the Government side of the House that can be said in any sense whatever to have justified the un-British and unjust act of administration on the part of the Government in relation to this contract. The statement that the question of preference to unionists determined the result of the last general election is absolutely untrue.


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER - The honorable member must withdraw that remark.


Mr RICHARD FOSTER - I withdraw it. It is absolutely incorrect that anything more than the barest reference to the question of preference to unionists was made by any honorable member opposite, save those who had exceedingly safe seats. And what is more,' not one-half of the Labour party in this House, in their hearts, approve of the action of the Ministry in reference to this contract. Put in a nutshell, their action means feeding the " fat " employer, and raising the price of the 4-lb. loaf by 2£d., at the expense of the general body of taxpayers. Was any such principle put before the electors by any honorable member opposite ? The question that we have to consider in connexion with this contract is largely one of cost to the people of Australia. [Debate interrupted under standing order 119.]







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