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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) .- I think it will be admitted that, whether offences are recorded or not depends to a large extent upon the attitude of the officer in charge of the Department in which an offender may have served. We cannot very well prevent an officer being even ridiculously vindictive if he should, be so inclined. Quite recently, a striking instance of this character was brought before the Senate in connexion with the lift boy.

Senator Duncan - I think the vindictiveness displayed was on the part of the honorable senator towards Mr. President.

Senator DE LARGIE - If the honorr able senator wishes to throw such insults across the chamber, VI shall be obliged to retaliate.

Senator Duncan - Vindictiveness is frequently based upon untruths. -

Senator DE LARGIE - I ask that that statement be withdrawn.

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