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Wednesday, 9 July 1930

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon W Kingsmill - The honorable senator has exhausted his time.

Senator CARROLL(Western Aus moments when the spirit of piety possessed the soul of Scotland's national poet, he prayed -

O wad some power the giftie gie us,

To see oursels as others sec us!

I do not know whether that prayer was answered in his case, and I doubt if any of us would be pleased if that gift sought by the poet were bestowed on us. Australia is beginning to wake up and to see herself as other nations see her. The revelation is not altogether pleasing. Indeed, the nation is very disquieted concerning the picture presented to her. For years Australia has been a sort of fiscal bully among the nations. That development is not recent, and, unfortunately, it is growing worse. But, at last, Australia is waking up to the fact that she is without a friend in the fiscal world, with the possible exception of the United States of America. For some extraordinary reason, this country has shown the greatest affection for the United States of America.

Senator Rae - It is not affection, but fear.

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