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Tuesday, 19 May 1936

Senator FOLL (Queensland) .- by leave- I desire to make a personal explanation with reference to a statement which appeared in the Melbourne Age on Saturday last. The statement mentions a conversation, which, it is alleged, took place between theRight Honorable W. M. Hughes and myself, and in its usual manner, the Age attempts to belittle this chamber. It is stated that, in reply to a question by Mr. Hughes as to how one could tell when the Senate was sitting, I replied that when he saw a Hansard reporter sitting at the table he would know that the Senate was at work. In fairness to myself and to Mr. Hughes, I wish to say that I did not have a conversation with the right honorable gentlemanlast week. In fact, I do not know that I saw him during the whole of that time. The Age statement is therefore a deliberate lie circulated for the sole purpose, apparently, of belittling this chamber.

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