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Friday, 24 November 1905

Mr KNOX (Kooyong) - By way of personal explanation, I wish to say that I was not in the House when the statement to which the honorable member for Parramatta has referred was made. I was waiting an opportunity to speak on the motion relating to Home Rule-

Mr Fisher - Is this matter important?

Mr KNOX - I think it is. Whilst I was waiting an opportunity to speak on the motion relating to Home Rule, the honorable member for Coolgardie pointed out to me that the time allotted to private members' business on the afternoon in question, was nearing a close, and added, " Are you going to speak? We are anxious to get to a division." Shortly afterwards, when there was an opportunity for me to rise, there were loud cries of "divide, divide," from those, who, like myself, were opposed to the motion, and the result was that I did not insist upon my right to speak that evening. On the next occasion when the matter was under consideration, the honorable and learned member for Northern Melbourne, who had moved the motion, continued the debate, and in reply to a question which I put, you, Mr. Speaker, ruled that he was replying, so that I was precluded from addressing myself to the question. The suggestion that the honorable member for Coolgardie attempted in any way to influence me, is inaccurate.

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