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Wednesday, 13 June 1906

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator must not argue the question.

Senator DE LARGIE - I am not going to enter into any argument, but merely to ask this question, seeing that members of the Labour Party are constantly repudiating these false charges-

The PRESIDENT - Under our Standing Orders, the honorable senator is not in order in expressing an opinion in asking a question. He has expressed an opinion about false charges, and that is not in order. He can ask a question without expressing an opinion.

Senator McGregor - I contend, sir, that the honorable senator is not expressing an opinion, but only stating a fact, namely, that the Labour Party is always repudiating these false charges.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator expressed an opinion as to certain charges being false, and I called attention to a standing order which says that in asking a question no expression of opinion shall be given.

Senator McGregor - No opinion has been expressed ; but a statement of fact has been made.

The PRESIDENT - Senator de Largie has made a statement, and now he can ask a question.

Senator DE LARGIE - I beg to ask if the leader of the Senate can suggest any effective method which the Labour Party can adopt to put an end to these constantly recurring statements made in the press and elsewhere by its opponents

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