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Thursday, 5 July 1906

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) . - I should not speak on the motion, but that I feel that the honorable member for Franklin has gone a little too far in what he hassaid against one of the world's greatest peoples.

Mr McWilliams - I have said exactly what I think.

Mr KELLY - I do the honorable member the justice to suppose that he spoke from the deepest conviction. At the same time, we should be extremely cautious about accepting the highly-coloured, sensational statements of persons whose interests may lie in exaggerating what has taken place in Russia.

Mr McWILLIAMS (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) - That remark applies to the statements of both sides.

Mr KELLY - It is not necessary to go into the origin of the outrages which have taken place in Russia. The motion, it' adopted, will be merely an expression of our deep sympathy with the victims of those outrages, and of our confident hope that the wisdom and justice of the. nation will speedily restore peace and the equal protection of its laws. I do not propose to offer any opposition to this proposal.

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