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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) . --Senator Gardinerreferred to the fact that, in this chamber some months ago, I had exposed a big swindle. This had to do with a flannel contract let by the Government, in respect of which the individual concerned had openly boasted about having made profits. I know the facts, and I am willing to stand by them, as I have -already made them known. I do not desire to hide behind the privileges of this Parliament. I am willing to repeat from any public platform in Victoria the whole of what I have said here.

Senator GARDINER - I challenge the honorable senator to do so.

Senator GUTHRIE (VICTORIA) - I accept the challenge. I offered to do the same in Geelong, where I live, and where the person concerned also resides. That gentleman, however, Was not game to go upon the platform with me. I resent the suggestion of Senator Gardiner that I make statements within the shelter of these walls which I am not prepared to repeat outside. I. say, emphatically, that the whole business as detailed by me in this chamber, was proved up to the hilt, and supported by the tests of Government analysts. I drew my facts from the records of the Defence Department, and I challenge Senator Gardiner, or any one else, here or in any other place, to dispute those facts.

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