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Wednesday, 13 August 1913

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) .- If Senator McColl has had a bad time this afternoon, he can only blame himself. It is not the first time he has fallen in by adopting tactics such as are challenged here this afternoon. No honorable senator, so far as I can remember, has been more often put into the stocks for things such as we are questioning here this afternoon than the same honorable senator, who seems to take a delight in attending certain gatherings and making statements of a similar kind. He has been doing it all the time he has been a member of the Senate, and I am not at all surprised at his doing it since he has attained a certain position. He has been making political blunders all the while. There has been sufficient said, I think, about the remarks of the honorable senator which have been challenged ; but there is one portion of the speech to which attention has not yet been called, and that is the portion in which he speaks of members of the Labour party as men who are always talking labour, but who never labour themselves. It is quite in his usual good taste. I do not know a singlemember of the Labour party, either today or in the past, who may not be justly described as a Labour man. I think that every Labour senator who is present thisafternoon can be spoken of as a genuine Labour man, as one who has laboured with . his hands from his boyhood up to the present time. When I hear of a man boasting of being a Liberal, and posing as onewho labours, and in the next breath admitting that he has been a member of" Parliament for the last twenty-seven, years, I wonder which kind of dryfarming he has been doing. It has been exceedingly dry indeed.

The PRESIDENT - Order ! That portion of Senator McColl's speech to which, the honorable senator is alluding is not included in the matter of urgent publicimportance in regard to which SenatorRussell moved the adjournment of theSenate.

Senator DE LARGIE - If that is so, sir, I shall not be able to make any further criticism. I have only to offer oneword of advice to Senator McColl, and that is to try to be a little more cautious-, when he gets on the rampage in the ral- lies which he is so fond of attending. By exercising a little more caution, and keeping statements of this kind out of thepress, he will get into less trouble. Heneed not think that we will tolerate thesestatements all the time, and not make a protest against them. We have had toomuch capital of this kind made against theLabour party. We realize all the time that we are fighting at a disadvantage. We know that the press of Australia isin the hands of our political opponents, and that they make full use of it to circulate such statements as have been found fault with here to-day, and are made sofrequently by Senator McColl and members of his party.

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