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Tuesday, 12 December 1905

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Every one knows that it is a "make-believe," and the Minister need not have told us that. It has "make-believe" stamped all over its features. This little bantling of the Minister pretends to makes some concession, whereas he knows that it confers absolutely no advantage. I wonder what that bodyguard which escorts the Minister to the Sydney station every weekwill think of this proposal when they see it. Last week we could scarcely get from the trainbecause of the number of gentlemen who were congratulating the Minister. Now, this measure is all that he is offering them. They must be very credulous, notwithstanding that their trust has been so absolutely betrayed by the Minister for many years past. He has pretended to help them in their industrial occupations for the past fourteen years, and here is the help that he is giving them.

Sir WILLIAMLYNE (Hume- Minister of Trade arid Customs). - I can well understand a number of political frauds seeking to shelter themselves behind the article which appeared in this morning's Age, and which was written by a man who had no knowledge of the facts. It has afforded honorable members who were bitterly opposed to the Bill, in the form in which I desired to pass it, an opportunity to pretend that they are acting in the interests of the iron-workers. Honorable members know of the action that I have taken for the last fourteen years, to protect the great iron industry, in the teeth of the opposition of honorable members opposite, who have never ceased in their efforts to injure the working classes. I was told by the deputy leader of the Opposition last week that he would fight the Bill in the form in which it was introduced until after Christmas.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I give that statement an absolute denial. The Minister is stating what is absolutely incorrect, and he knows it.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - Now that the Bill has been altered, the honorable member shrinks and sneaks behind the Age article, and makes an attack on me. He is too great a coward to state the case plainly.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I rise to a point- of order. Not only is the Minister telling downright lies, but he is also insulting.

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