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Wednesday, 21 March 1928

Senator CHAPMAN (South Australia) . - What I have to say to-day will be in justification of a statement which I made when last speaking on this item to the effect that some honorable senators appeared to have been influenced by the large number of telegrams and letters they had received, and that I had good reason to believe that those telegrams and letters were not spontaneous, but had been sent at the request of some one, and were, therefore, inspired. If I received a large number of spontaneous letters and telegrams stating that certain proposals before this branch of the legislature were going to injure business, I should take a good deal of notice of them; otherwise I would not be influenced by them, and would throw them in the wastepaper basket. As I had good reason to believe that these letters and telegrams were inspired, I thought it my duty to give expression to that belief. I received a somewhat severe catigation for doing so, but I have since been able to obtain copies of circulars which should convince honorable senators that these communications were not spontaneous. For the information of the committee, I wish to quote the following from the circular issued by the Hardwood Millers' Association of Victoria, dated 27th February, 1928-

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