By Sir Robert Menzies
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And’ (opening the window and pointing up) ‘ t h a t1sa statue of the Liberator himself. I made a suitable response. So far, all was well. ’ said I. Mr X, who was a black‐brewed bigot, but a patriot, turned on me with awithering blast. ’ ‘I'm very sorry,’ I mildly explained, ‘but when Iwas at school a long time ago there were some photographs at the back of the school atlas, and one of them was of Sackville Street, Dublin. It is because of this that I have always wanted to see it 1’‘Um,’ said Mr X.
I have no record of any direct reply, but I do know that on 27 April, Curtin made a press statement: There never has been, n o r should there be any doubt about Australia. I say that the workers of this country are determined to give their all in the w a r that has been forced upon us. I say that the Labour Movement of Australia will be unflinching and unyielding to the end, for we have a common interest and a c o m m o n fate in resisting any aggression. Finally, I say to the world, friends or  T W O CRUCIAL YEARS!
7. The Irish problem It is, of course, quite obvious that the neutrality of Ireland (other than Northern Ireland) was a great cause of danger, and shipping losses, and bitterness. Relations between the t w o countries had never been worse. , a sort ofambassadoh at‐large, whom I had m e t in Cairo, came to see meat Chequers, and we had a long and fruitful talk. He was a good man, easy, composed, comfortable looking, with a good blue eye. I thought that I could very readily accept his opinion on men or affairs.
Afternoon Light: some memories of men and events by Sir Robert Menzies