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Wednesday, 12 September 1906

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - Seeing by the Melbourne morning papers of to-day's date that a statement appears that I have been using or influencing the funds of the Australian Mutual Provident Society in aid of a certain political party, I desire at this, the first available opportunity, to give a most emphatic and unqualified denial to the statement, adding that, having been a director of that society for the last nineteen years, I am in a position to speak authoritatively when I say that the society never interferes in party politics. The by-laws of the society forbid donations from its funds being given for any outside objects, not even excepting charitable institutions. The society is, as is well known, strictly non-political in its aims and objects, and its boards in all the States consist of men holding widely divergent political views. I think it right, in justice to the Australian Mutual Provident Society, to make that statement.

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