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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Senator SAMPSON (Tasmania) . - As a Tasmanian representative in this chamber, I should like to address myself briefly to the motion. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) asks us to treat this matter seriously. He must be a pretty good leg-puller. I cannot treat it seriously. We are asked to declare the publishers of two newspapers guilty of contempt of this Parliament. Although the ballot for the election of the President was secret, we know that every honorable senator voted with his party.

Senator Collings - The honorable senator cannot know that.

Senator SAMPSON - We do know it. I suggest that if my friends from Tasmania, Senators Darcey, Lamp and Aylett are prepared to swear that they voted for the Government nominee they would themselves be found guilty of contempt of the Australian Labour party, and dealt with accordingly by that organization. In considering this motion, we are making a mountain out of a molehill. If we agree to it, we shall make the Senate look ridiculous, and bring this chamber into contempt. God knows that at present this Parliament stands very unfavorably in the eyes of our people and, particularly, in the eyes of our soldiers overseas. We should endeavour to rectify that impression. The motion is too silly to be taken seriously. The Leader of the Opposition must be chuckling inwardly, when he trots out a motion of this kind. The sooner we get rid. of it and proceed to deal with serious matters the better.

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