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Wednesday, 30 October 1912

Senator GIVENS (QUEENSLAND) - For the information of the Senate, sir, I may say that, before this question was asked, you took an opportunity to-day to speak tome on the matter, and suggested to me that I should take a certain course. You told me then - what I must recognise myself as being right - that the action I took and the expression I used were entirely out of order. It is quite true that they were entirely out of order. The action was taken, and the words were used by me, under what was, to me, exceedingly great provocation.

Senator Shannon - Nothing of the kind.

Senator GIVENS - Recognising that I was entirely out of order, sir,I have pleasure in falling in with your suggestion. I exceedingly regret the incident, withdraw the remark, and apologize to you and the Senate for having taken that action and used the expression. Senator Shannon said just now that only one man was responsible for the incident, whereas, as a matter of fact, I was not the original offender. The provocation to me wasexceedingly great.

I desire to refer no further to the matter now, nor will I refer to it on any future occasion. So far as I am concerned, sir, the incident is closed, unless anybody else desires to re-open it, when, of course, I can have no objection. I apologize to the Senate for having been betrayed, in the heat of the moment, under great provocation, into using language which was entirely unparliamentary, and having taken certain action which was entirely contrary to the usage of Parliament.

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