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Friday, 29 July 1904

Mr KNOX (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) - I wish to know from the Prime Minister if his attention has been drawn to a cablegram which appears in this morning's Argus, stating that Mr. H. P. Wyatt, who recently visited Australia as an envoy of the Imperial Navy League, has declared that he has no hesitation in saying that the Labour leaders in Australia are disloyal, and are separatists.

Mr Page - He is a lying scoundrel.

Mr KNOX - If the attention of the Prime Minister has been drawn to the report in question, I ask him whether he believes the feelings of the members of his Ministry, or of the Labour Party in the Federal Parliament, to have been correctly represented by Mr. Wyatt. If he believes that they have not been correctly represented, will he make a positive disclaimer on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of the opinions attributed to the Labour leaders here?

Mr Page - Does the honorable member think that the statement is true ?

Mr KNOX - I know that it is not true.

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