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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I resent very much the manner in which Senator McGregor has treated questions from this side. I thought that I spoke civilly enough. I certainly spoke with no desire other than to get information of which I was not possessed. How he could have inferred that I had risen as a sort of joke I am at a loss to understand. He started with a personal reflection on myself, which I took as good humouredly as I thought it was given. He made a direct assertion that I had merely asked the question in order to waste time, and when he was asked to give the names of the Committee he gave me the names of three eminent, well-known men whom we would all trust for that particular purpose. Then he went further and insinuated that another of the indirect objects which I had in asking the question was that I might indirectly cast a reflection on three able and trusted gentlemen. I did nothing of the kind. I simply knew nothing about the matter. I thought that the bond fide manner in which I asked the question would have been apparent to the Minister. It seems to me that Ministers' nerves are getting so frayed that when one or two senators rise on this side they lose all con trol over ordinary good manner and good form.

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