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Tuesday, 5 December 1905


Mr JOHNSON (Lang) -I desire to support the position stated by the deputy leader of the Opposition. I wish, also, to refer to the statement of the Attorney - General in relation to what appeared in the Argus this morning. I had no recollection of the Attorney-General making the statement to which he has just referred. I was perfectly willing to accept the honorable and learned gentleman's assurance, and was prepared to do so although I had failed to find the reference to it in Hansard. I know that amongst members of the Opposition there was a general belief that no such intimation had been given, and that this was an entirely new proposal. In the circumstances it appears to me that a very natural error has crept into the Argus, and I certainly do not think that the statement appearing in that newspaper was wilfully made or made from any vindictive or improper motive.







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