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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr MAUGER (Melbourne Ports) . -I desire to make a personal explanation in reference to a matter referred to by the leader of the Opposition last night, in order to explain a mistake which has been made in quoting a passage from his Freetrade Essays. On the 19th June of last year, I delivered, in the Temperance Hall, a lecture entitled " Protection - Past, Present, and Future." I prepared the lecture carefully, writing it and reading it, and I have here the manuscript, which I shall have pleasure in showing to the right honorable gentleman if he cares to see it. On the 17th page of the manuscript appears the following quotation from an essay written by the right honorable gentleman -

Will it not be time enough to manufacture everything for ourselves when we can save - instead of now, when we would lose, by the operation ? Will it not be well to reap the advantages of the pauper labour of other countries until we are so great a nation that we have pauper labour of our own ?

Mr Reid - That quotation is correct, although a sentence has been left out which should have been given.

Mr MAUGER - The lecture was reported in the Age on the day following its delivery. The report was, of course, a condensed one, as the lecture took an hour and three-quarters to deliver. Knowing the man who wrote the report, it is only fair that I should say that I believe that the mistake was the result of condensation or of an error. I donot think that the alteration complained of was wilful or malicious.

Mr Reid - Instead of there being condensation, words were added to what I wrote.Two words were inserted in the place of one left out.

Mr MAUGER - The report of the lecture has since been reprinted from the Age, and issued in pamphlet form; but, now that it appears that the quotation in question has been wrongly reported, I am sure that the executive responsible for the pamphlet will withdraw it, and see that the quotation, if published at all, ispublished correctly.

Mr Reid - I should like to find out who put the words in.

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