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Thursday, 12 December 1912

Senator LYNCH - No; I have never believed in it. Since the honorable senator has mentioned the subject, it is just as well that I should show what the Labour party's attitude is, as defined by the highest of its councils, namely, the Congress held at Hobart last year. The subject was discussed, and the report records what took place in this way -


The motion of the previous day - " Unification of the Australian States with provision for local governing bodies" - was called on.

Mr. Watsonmoved that Conference go into Committee to consider the motion, and also questions of constitutional amendments.

The motion was agreed to, and after a lengthy discussion in Committee Mr. Watson formally reported to Conference that in Committee the resolution for Unification had been defeated by nineteen votes to six. The decision arrived at was recorded in the minutes.

In the face of that authoritative statement, it is mere idle, childish rubbish for any honorable senator to say that we are in favour of Unification.

Senator Vardon - The report shows that some members of the party were.

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