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Wednesday, 11 July 1906

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) .- I am very glad that the honorable member for Echuca has not seen his way to withdraw from the position he has taken up. No valid reason has been given for the postponement of the business set down for to-morrow afternoon. The invitation we have received from Captain Walker is merely, to attend a picnic. We have had a great many picnics in connexion with this Parliament, and we should not increase the number. I point out that honorable members are proposing to take part in this picnic to support a monopoly. We have been legislating against monopolies, and this Marconi system of wireless telegraphy is undoubtedly a monopoly.

Mr Watson - No; there are a number of systems of wireless telegraphy.

Mr WILSON - It is a monopoly in Australia, and, worse than that, it is a foreign monopoly. Honorable members who have been professing to legislate against monopolies are going to support this foreign monopoly, which is also an Inter-State monopoly, operating between two of the States of . the Federation. I hope the honorable member for Echuca will stick to his guns.

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