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Friday, 15 June 1906

Mr DEAKIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - I might well protest against frivolous and almost impertinent questions, but as there may be a serious meaning behind some of the honorable member's remarks, my reply is that no member of the Labour Party has spoken to me on the subject. Although the Government, represented by the Minister of Trade and Customs, does not approve of the motion as framed, an amendment has been submitted which, with an amendment, will be acceptable to us. We have plenty of business ready, but consider the question at issue one of importance, which should be disposed of as early as possible. There is not an intimate, but there is a clear, relation between the proposals that the Commonwealth should watch closely the introduction of microbes by Dr. Danysz, for fear of consequences, and the proposal that we should watch very closely the introduction by trusts of unfair practices, and what may follow them.

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