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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Senator FRASER (Western Australia) . - I support the motion, and, in doing so, I again wish to refer to a remark made by Senator Spicer this morning. The honorable senator said that the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Callings) has failed dismally - I think that is the expression he used. Apparently Senator Spicer was prepared to support the Leader of the Opposition's previous motion, had it been justified by the truth. He has an opportunity to give that support now.

Senator Leckie - There is not very much logic in that argument.

Senator FRASER - I repeat that Senator Spicer will have an opportunity to take a stand in this matter. I understood the honorable senator to say this morning that had there been a tittle of truth in the statement made by the Leader of the Opposition, he would have supported the motion.

Senator Spicer - I did not say that.

Senator FRASER - Although the numbers against us prevents us from carrying this motion, I believe it to be the duty of honorable senators on this side of the chamber to bring such matters before the Senate and the public. I agree that the honorable member for Denison (Mr. Beck) should be disciplined. The following paragraph appeared in the Hobart Mercury -

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