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Thursday, 24 November 1927

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Littleton Groom (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) - The usual practice is for an honorable member's denial of a statement attributed to him to be accepted. I understand that the honorable member for Franklin did not accept the denial of the honorable member for Darling. The latter may have felt provoked, but in no circumstances is he justified in committing a breach of order by using an unparliamentary term. The honorable member for Franklin should have accepted the denial of the statement attributed to the honorable member for Darling, and the honorable member for Darling should have withdrawn th<- expression which has been ruled out of order by the Chairman.

Mr Seabrook - I have nothing to withdraw. I referred to a statement made by the honorable member for Darling that Italian migrants were putting Australians out of work. I proceeded to argue that tha t -statement was tantamount to saying that the Italian was a better worker than the Australian - a view which I do not share. I say that the Australian is the better worker and should be able to retain his job if he so desires. The honorable member for Darling said that I had told a deliberate lie. He was asked to withdraw that statement and refused to do so.

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