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Thursday, 2 October 1913


Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I wish to draw attention to a report in the Herald of the proceedings in another place this morning, when the Prime Minister again repeated what I have on several occasions contradicted - at least twice on the floor of the Senate - and that is a remark in reference to the inquiry into the case of Mr. Chinn. It would seem that Mr. Cook, by continual reiteration of language which he must know is false, is determined, by hook or by crook, to get into the public mind the idea that I have taken up a certain- attitude with regard to an expression of opinion on that case. The latest comment by the Prime Minister of Australia appears in to-night's Herald. Arising out of a question about the suspension of Captain Onslow, Mr. Frazer said, " I think that it is shocking treatment of a naval officer," and Mr. Cook's rejoinder was, "You are as bad as do Largie - pre-judging a case." Language of that kind is, in my opinion, more befitting a larrikin from Little Bourkestreet than the Prime Minister of Australia.


Senator Millen - Do you refer' to the

Temark of Mr. Frazer or to that of Mr. Cook ?


Senator DE LARGIE - I am taking exception to' Mr. Cook's remark in reference to myself. Mr. Frazer is in another place, with Mr. Cook right opposite, and can speak for himself. It is a cowardly thing for Mr. Cook to go on repeating a statement which he must know is false. The statement is as false as an infernal lie could possibly be, still he keeps on repeating it. That is not only unfair to myself, but extremely unfair to the man whose case is being inquired into. Such statements show that the present Prime Minister of Australia has' not the slightest sense of what is due to the responsibilities of his position or of fair play to others. I think that it is only right I should direct attention to this matter. Though what Mr. Cook says cannot injure me personally, his 'statements may .do injury by inducing the public to" believe that the Chairman of the Select Committee dealing with Mr. China's dis- - missal has adopted an attitude of " prejudging the case." That is extremely unfair, and I again enter my protest against Mr. Cook making statements of this kind.







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