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Thursday, 20 May 1915

The PRESIDENT - Order ! I have previously pointed out that it is entirely out of order for any honorable senator to read a long extract from a newspaper under the cover of a question.

Senator LONG - I just want to conclude the extract, Mr. President, by reading a few more lines.

The PRESIDENT - Will the honorable senator please resume his seat? It is entirely out of order for any honorable senator to read newspaper extracts in connexion with questions. It would be more fitting to do so on the motion for the adjournment of the Senate. There has been a continued abuse of the privilege of asking questions without notice, although I have endeavoured to the utmost of my power to keep senators within the proper limits. I would again ask honorable senators not to read any further extracts when asking questions.

Senator LONG - I can assure you, Mr. President, that I would not attempt to read the paragraph did I not feel that it had an awful significance in connexion with the future history of this war.

SenatorBlakey. - Do you think any sensible people would take any notice of that?

Senator LONG - Possibly a great deal of notice will be taken of it.

Senator Blakey - God help the intelligence of the people, then.

Senator LONG - I just want to read a few more lines of the extract as follows : -

We earnestly hope that the dread struggle will end in a peace that will put an end to clerical intrigue and the malign encroachments of any Church on the civil and religious liberties of humanity.

I wish to ask the Leader of the Government - Is not that statement a traitorous attempt to remove some of the onus 'of the present dreadful war, with all its horrors, from the Kaiser and his hordes? And does he not think that the resolution will be utilized by historians in the future to show that it was not Germany and the Kaiser who were responsible for the conflict that is now in progress?

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