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Friday, 4 June 1915

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) .- We are not doing our country much good by canvassing these things. Unfortunately, charges levelled against our own people in this place can be used to the disadvantage of our own race in neutral countries, where our unscrupulous enemies are endeavouring to influence public opinion by fabricating untrue charges of atrocities against the allied troops.

Mr Webster - They cannot say more than they are saying.

Mr KELLY - Can they not? Who, without corroboration, would believe the lying press bureau of Berlin ? I am ready to believe this question was raised, in the first place, with the best intentions, in the belief that it was the only means of getting justice-

Mr MCGRATH - Let us have an inquiry, and that will end it.

Mr KELLY - I urge honorable members to realize that in the United States of America a very strong press campaign is being carried on by the German Press Bureau to secure the support of the sentimentalist opinion in that country against the Allies, and that it can do us and our race no good to have in this Parliament this constant canvassing of the honour of Australian troops. We should remember that it never pays to wash dirty linen in public while an unscrupulous enemy looks on.

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