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Thursday, 22 July 1926


Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) .- I wish to refer briefly to a statement made in another place by a member of this Parliament, the Right Honorable W. A. Watt, who, in reply to an interjection by Colonel Bell, is reported to have said, " The voice of the sluggard State speaks truly for that State." To that, Colonel Bell interjected, " Why sluggard ? " and Mr. Watt replied, " Is any proof needed ? If ever a statue is built to Tasmania, it will have its band extended for a tip." The representatives of Tasmania are justified in protesting against a statement. >f that kind, coming from ;i responsible member of the Federal Legislature. Not only is it untrue, but it i« alao unworthy of one who, for many years, whether rightly or wrongly, has occupied a high place in the public life of this community. I cannot imagine that those sentiments are shared by any member of the Federal Parliament, or by any considerable section of the people of Victoria.







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