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Opening of parliament in Canberra, May 1927.

Opening of parliament in Canberra, May 1927.

NAA: A6180, 20/5/74/42

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"Out of my long experience in political life, I would say that the man who is incapable of inspiring some fear in his political opponents doesn’t amount to a row of beans when the chips are down."

John McEwen