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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I wish, briefly to refer to the report which has just been read by the Assistant Minister. It is after all a very good thing that the articles which have appeared in the newspaper referred to should have been printed, because they have given the Government and their officials an opportunity to contradict the statements which have been made from time to time about day labour. We have heard a report on the subject from an engineer whose standing is recognised as second to that of no other constructional engineer in Australia. He goes explicitly into every detail of the huge mass of misrepresentation which the West Australian indulged in in printing the articles which have been referred to. I hope thai; the report will be printed as a parliamentary paper, so that it may be widely circulated, because I know the tactics usually adopted by certain newspapers in Western Australia.

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