IMPORTANT SPEECH BY MR DEAKIN.
Melbourne, June 25 Mr Deakin, speaking at Ballarat, gave a masterly criticism of Mr Reid's anti-aocialist platform. Mr Reid's platform was too nebulous, and the Labour Party's very vague. Mr Reid asked for a blank oheque, and Mr Watson for a post dated cheque. With the present almost equal division of parties, an early general election was easily possible. No election was possible without the fiscal issue. That was the "cardinal fact of the situation. Mr Deakia added -. "If the anti-socialists desire oar countenance, they will have to put Protection m their programme, and similarly with the Labour party." Received June 26, 9.55 a.m. Stdnet, Jane 26 Mr Reid and the other ministers decline to say anything about Mr Deakin's speech until they have fully considered it. The Protectionists and Labour party are jubilant. The general opinion ia that it has much complicated the situation and is to lead to developments when Parliament meets. The " Herald " says Mr Deakin has cast the die, and the crisis must come. The " Telegraph" characterises the speeoh as a long and labored apology for iost political bearings. The "Argus" states that Mr Deakin remarkable change of front is exooaed by arguments of the flimsiest nature. The " Age " says the speeoh, read m any light, is a notice to quit.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6605, 26 June 1905
Federal Politics. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6605, 26 June 1905
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