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Wednesday, 30 June 1937


Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - I regret that Senator Payne has shown such a lamentable lack of mental stability as to accuse Senator J. V. MacDonald of making statements which he did not make.


Senator Payne - I rise to a point of order. I quoted Senator J. V. MacDonald's statement from Hansard. As Senator Brown's statement is untrue, I ask that it be withdrawn.


Senator BROWN - I withdraw anything that is untrue. Senator Payne said that Senator J. V. MacDonald had made an attack on Japan - a friendly nation. It is the height of absurdity to suggest that to- direct attention to something that has been going on. for years is to make an attack upon Japan or any other nation. Japan does not condone the criminal action of any of its people. For several years articles and paragraphs have appeared in reputable Australian newspapers concerning the activities of certain nationals in the north. I have in my office an article which appeared in the Brisbane Courier a few months ago, which states that certain foreigners searching for pearls or trochus-shell in northern waters were met by aborigines, who allowed some of their women to be taken off. Surely, Senator Payne would not suggest that the Brisbane Courier, which published that, statement, made a violent attack upon Japan! Similar statements have been published in Smith's Weekly and other newspapers, and the Commonwealth Government has been asked to protect the interests of native women. The honorable senator did not attack Japan, but merely directed mention to what is actually happening. Question resolved- in the affirmative.







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