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Wednesday, 13 August 1913

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I am very much touched by the appeal of the honorable senator. I admit that those who have giant strength should not always use it like a giant ; but, owing to the peculiar constitution of Parliaments generally, one House is very largely dependent on the actions taking place in another, and, consequently, if opportunity of refuting a calumny is neglected now, when it presents itself, the chance may not arise again. We have the opportunity now of refuting a scandalous statement calumniating a section, nay, a party, in this Senate, and also many of the citizens of Australia, and the sooner it is dealt with, and the real tacts are brought before the public, the sooner will a very regrettable chapter in the history of the late elections be disposed of. I shall be pleased at any time to upset the Standing Orders, or precedents of any kind, if by so doing we can get results sooner than by attending to all the obsolete forms that bind a Parliament.

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