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Wednesday, 30 June 1915

Mr HAMPSON (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - Did the Prime Minister notice a letter published in the Age of Saturday last, signed by one Bruce Smith, in which the writer reflects on tho Speaker of this House by saying that the leader of half of the people - meaning the right Hon. Joseph Cook, P.O., M.P. - was prevented, by Mr. Speaker, from expressing his opinion, thereby inferring partisanship on the part of Mr. Speaker on account of his being a member of what Mr. Smith terms "The Labour-Socialist Party"? Also, did the Prime Minister notice the insult to members of this House in the passage in which the writer says, " We are standing still as a nation, hand-tied and tongue-tied, because a knot of men actuated by the German International Socialist spirit, who are themselves German in spirit, German in their methods, and

German in their moral code- " ? If so, will the Prime Minister take steps to have this unpatriotic person put under medical, if not military, care?

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