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Friday, 11 December 1914

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) .- The matter brought forward by Senator Mullan is one that we should consider without allowing our tempers to get the better of our judgments. Charges have been made of an extremely grave character - charges which would be very serious under ordinary circumstances, but which are doubly so under existing circumstances. There may be times when it is difficult to get. a full inquiry into any matter, and we must admit that the Minister who is in charge of the Defence Department, which is so much overworked at present, may be quite unable to give to every complaint which he receives, as much attention as he would give to it under normal conditions. But when the gravity of a case has been determined, it is only fair that we should review decisions in order that we may do the right thing. In the case mentioned by Senator Mullan, it appears that a man who occupies a responsible position is a selfconfessed breaker of strikes. In good Australian colloquialism, he is a " scab," and one who rejoices in being a "scab."

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