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Thursday, 20 May 1915

Mr SPEAKER - I am endeavouring to follow the honorable member for Bendigo and to hear what his question is.

Mr HAMPSON - I asked whether the Minister of External Affairs would treat the offensive and insulting letter-

Mr SPEAKER - Order I The honorable member is now doing more than asking a question. He is attributing unworthy motives to some one, and that I cannot allow. He must not debate the matter.

Mr HAMPSON - Very well, - sir; I thought I was describing the letter as it should be described.

Mr Joseph Cook - The honorable member should leave out hia insulting characterization.

Mr HAMPSON - I do not desire any interference on the part of the Leader of the Opposition. Will the Minister of External Affairs treat the letter from Sir Alexander Peacock regarding the voluntary resignation of the Panama Exposition Commissioners in the manner it deserves, on the ground of its being ungracious, arbitrary, and unwise?

Mr Richard Foster - Who framed this question for the honorable member?

Mr HAMPSON - I framed it myself.

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