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Wednesday, 15 August 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The matter introduced by the honorable member is rather beyond the range of subjects that should be brought before Parliament, but as he has chosen to make certain statements, with a recklessness which I cannot properly describe, because I should be out of order if I did so, I can only say, as the treasurer of one of the organizations that is taking part in the work of preparing for the next elections, that the statements of the honorable member are absolutely incorrect. '

Mr Webster - That is as far as the organization with which the honorable member is connected is concerned.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I might as well say, with regard to the party to which the honorable member belongs, that I hear that they are receiving contributions of thousands of pounds from all over Australia - larger amounts probably than are being placed at the disposal of any other party - and that they are spending money largely in connexion with their organizing work in the various electorates. I might say that, but I do riot desire to do so.

Mr Webster - The honorable member knows that it would not be true.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not. I know that such a statement would apparently have far more truth in it than those which the honorable member has made. I might say that statements are appearing in the press that levies, which must represent a very large sum, are being made upon thousands of men. So far as my knowledge goes, the honorable member's statements are quite incorrect - that is the strongest parliamentary term that- 1 am permitted to use. Although in every contest funds have to be spent upon electoral campaign work bv every party, no unusual expenditure is being incurred, upon the present occasion,

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