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Thursday, 5 May 1921

Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) . - There is a considerable power of intelligence in the Senate available to be exercised upon military .matters, i For that reason I have preferred to play the role of a close listener. I have heard several very fine statements to-day, but in contrast to those, I have just had to listen to utterances of a different kind by Senator Elliott. While he was speaking, I was not aware that the honorable senator was referring to one of the most honorable gentlemen who could be found in any part of Australia, namely, Major Margolan I happen* tohave had a very close intimacy with that gentleman for the past ten years; and I am bound to say that, if Senator Elliott's statements generally, in connexion with all other matters upon which, he has spoken in this chamber, are as far removed from the. facts as his comments concerning Major Margolan then, his every word ought to be discounted and discountenanced by the Senate.

Senator Elliott - What do you know of the facts?

Senator HENDERSON - I know many of them ; I have heard many moreof them. Unfortunately, I have not Margonlan's letters with me to-night; they are a long way from here. But I havecorresponded with him, and, from my personal knowledge of thu man, I will say, without fear of contradiction, that there was never a more "loyal or more courageous gentleman. Never would he shirk any duty that called to him for the sake of Australia. Although he was a Russian, he was true to the very core to the. country in which he had been naturalized. He, with another very fine fellow, similar to himself in almost every characteristic, left ' Australia with our Forces. The other died in the service of this country. Mal-golan lives to-day, I am pleased to say; and I am sincerely sorry to think that one who occupied the honoured rank of a general in the Australian Imperial Force, and who now is an Australian senator, should have employed such remarks as have been heard this evening relative to a man of the calibre of Major Margolan. I trust that, in future, the honorable senator will choose a different type of subject for his observations.

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