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Thursday, 7 December 1905

The CHAIRMAN - I ask the honorable member to withdraw that remark.


Mr HUTCHISON - Force of some kind must be used, or the Opposition will allow no work to be done.

Mr Lonsdale - That is not accurate. Have not others the same right to speak as the honorable member has. No one spoke so long as he did in the debate on the second reading.

Mr HUTCHISON - I spoke for about an hour, but I never trouble the House unless I have something to say. If the honorable member were to speak only when he had something to say, we should never hear his voice in this Chamber. I am sure that every honorable member who was present when the Immigration Restriction Bill was being considered believed that it required oversea vessels trading on the coast to pay local rates of wages. We are not proposing to exclude British vessels, or even foreign vessels, from our coastal trade; but we say that they should not compete unfairly with local ship-owners and seamen.

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