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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Mr CROUCH (Corio) - I understand that the honorable member for Moira intends to quote at length from the official papers in this case, and may take hours in doing so. That being the case, it would be better for the Minister not to proceed further with the Bill now. I do not think that my honorable friends are playing the game fairly. If they knew what a miserable Christmas they will cause to two homes, they might act otherwise.

Mr Carpenter - This is not a charitable institution.

Mr CROUCH - No; but if the proposed gratuities are fair, let them be given ; if not let honorable members vote against them. I do, not think that it is fair to try to talk the measure out. I have never pursued such a course, and should feel ashamed to do so. I think that if the Minister had accepted the amendment which I suggested, it would have met most of the objections to. the Bill. If honorable members wish to talk the measure out, let them say so.

Mr Maloney - We do not wish to be lectured by the honorable and learned member.

Mr CROUCH - Then I shall not lecture the honorable member. The Minister ought to recognise that there is not a sufficiently large attendance to enable him to put an end to frivolous and irrelevant debate.

Mr Tudor - Is it in order to characterize the debate as frivolous and irrevelant ?

Mr CROUCH - If my remark is out of order, I withdraw it. I think that honorable members should not pursue the course which they are now following.

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