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Wednesday, 30 October 1912

Senator LYNCH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I desire to make a personal explanation arising out of the proceedings of the Senate on Friday last. I was engaged in discussing the Post and Telegraph Bill. ' While I was opposing the contention which was put forward, that the Postmaster-General should not have the power either to authorize or to use recording machines in the service of the Department, I used the following words -

I say that the man who stands up in this Chamber and saysthat private enterprise should have the field is not a friend of the Commonmon wealth. Such men are merely here as touts of the investors and those engaged in pushing forward industries.

Those are the words I used, according to the official report, but a newspaper called the Argus - I believe that it is printed in Melbourne, and has a circulation in this part of Australia- reports me as using the following words, which are totally different -

The Opposition sat there as touts for the investors in the interests of capital, and nothing else. (Great disorder.)

I did not use the words which are attributed to me by the journal, and it was not my intention to do so. But if the members of the Opposition rush over each other to fit the cap on their heads-

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - On a point of order, sir, I want to know whether, in the case of a personal explanation, it is competent for an honorable senator to make the remark which you have just heard from Senator Lynch.

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