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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Out of deference to the views which have been expressed by honorable senators, I have reluctantly decided to withdraw the motion. At the same time, I think that when attacks of this character are made upon us, if we do not repel them, we cannot expect anybody else to repel them for us. I only moved the motion because I felt that the remarks of Senator St. Ledger were liable to be interpreted in distant parts of the Commonwealth as those of one who is in a position to form an impartial judgment. It was with a view to correct any such erroneous impression that I submitted the motion. I am quite aware that some attacks of this kind may be best met with contemptuous silence; but there is another way in which they may be treated, namely, by setting the public mind right by taking stern action here. 1 withdraw the motion-

Senator Chataway - With the permission of the Senate.

Senator LYNCH - If honorable senators do not give me that permission, I shall cheerfully let the motion go to a division. I regard the remarks of Senator St. Ledger as a deliberate attempt to cast a slur on one section of this Chamber, which constitutes an overwhelming majority of it. When a person wishes to involve the credit of the institution to which he belongs, I say that he takes up a dishonorable stand. I hope that the references which have been made here will serve as a warning to any person who in future may seek to assail the honour of the Senate. I ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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