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Wednesday, 30 June 1915

Mr FENTON (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - We have interned twenty German vessels.

Mr KING O'MALLEY - The Germans have millions of tons of their mercantile fleet interned in the United' States of America. Will the Postmaster-General wire over and- see if he can get a few? I do not? blame the present Minister for the position' of the Postal D'epartment, though lots' of people do blame him. What has he' got to do with it ? We have a machine that has been- fifty or- sixty years in building. It- is all surrounded with trenches, and- there- is fire in the trenches. You. cannot change- that machine unless you start at the top and reconstruct from top to bottom. The Secretary to the Department is a very able man, but he is not responsible, because he is the unconscious instrument of the machine.

Mr Fleming - We must begin by paying higher salaries to the men at the top.

Mr KING O'MALLEY - No; you must sectionize, and put each section under a responsible business man, and have one man at the centre. I would go outside and engage the biggest business man in Australia. I would pick a man like Mr. Sticht, who manages the Mount Lyell mine, give him £5,000 a year, put him under the Minister, and make him absolutely responsible. I know that in Parliament they are fond of sneering at the business man. I have talked to honorable members, and they have told me that So-and-So is the man, because he does not know anything about business. You would not like to make your will at twenty minutes' notice and make a man of this kind executor. You would not like to face your God and think that that " rooster " was running your bit for your widow, especially if she was goodlooking.

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