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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

The CHAIRMAN - Order.

Mr REID - I was about to say, sir,that the remarks have to do with political trawling, and also, I think, with political crawling. It is in that way alone that I can connect them with the question before the Chair. I can honestly say that I do not blame the Government for proposing this experiment. I hope that it will be judiciously managed - that the trawler will be placed in good hands, and will be such a vessel as can be employed all round the coast.

Mr Mauger - How did the honorable member's experiment succeed? «

Mr REID - Unfortunately, it was not as prolonged as it should have been. I think that something happened to me about the rime in question. Unless the Government have some latent design in proposing to acquire a trawler - unless they desire to convert it into a mail steamer, to be run on national lines - I have no objection to the item. I think that the proposal is a good one.

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