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Friday, 4 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I am very sorry that delay should have been caused by the moving of Senator St. Ledger's amendment. Had he not been so anxious to rush into the breach at an earlier stage, it would not have been necessary for him to take up so much time in apologizing for his previous utterances, and justifying his great display of courage. No one desires to injure the honorable senator. With respect to the arguments that may be used in favour of the amendment, I will turn back to an older precept than any that has been advanced by Senator St. Ledger. I direct attention to words to be found in the New Testament, containing the injunction that if our brother offends he shall be forgiven, not seven times, but seventy times seven. What applies to our brother must apply to our weaker and often less fortunate sister. That is the only argument that need be advanced at this stage against those urged in favour of the amendment, which I hope will be defeated.

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