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Wednesday, 22 June 1904


The CHAIRMAN - Will the honorable member for Kennedy be seated?


Mr McDonald - I rise to order. I wish to know if the honorable and learned member for Wannon is in order in saying that a statement made by the Prime Minister was a foul and contemptible falsehood ?


The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I shall deal with that matter immediately after I have dealt with the point of order.


Mr McDonald - Very well, sir.


Mr Watson - Does the honorable and learned member for Wannon desire me to withdraw the statement that he is a paid agitator? The term was applied to the honorable member for Darling and a number .of honorable members on this side; but it seems that it must not be applied by us to honorable members on the other side. If the honorable and learned member wishes me to withdraw the remark, I shall certain lv do so.


The CHAIRMAN - I now ask the honorable and learned member for Wannon to withdraw the words "foul and contemptible."


Mr Robinson - It is not correct to say, as interjected by two honorable members on the other side, that I used the term " falsehood."


Mr McDonald - It is absolutely true.


Mr Watson - I did not hear it.


Mr Robinson - It is not correct to say that I said that the Prime Minister said something which was a falsehood. He knows that I did not use that word.


The CHAIRMAN - That is quite correct, and I shall not ask the honorable and learned member to withdraw a word that he did not use. He did not use the word ""falsehood," but he used two adjectives, which I do not think are in keeping with the dignity of the Chamber or his position as a member, and I ask him to withdraw them.


Mr Robinson - I withdraw them, sir. I am sorry that I used an expression which was a shade too strong.


The CHAIRMAN - I would appeal to honorable members to allow the debate to proceed in an orderly fashion. Some honorable members show a disposition to engage in conversation across the chamber, but as such conduct is not conducive to the progress' of business, I ask them to refrain from it. Every honorable member will have an opportunity to speak as long as he likes on the question, so long as his remarks are in order.







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