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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 1025

Mr KNOX (Kooyong) .- I think I am perfectly entitled to say a word. The honorable member for Maranoa has used language of a personal character, which I am perfectly sure he will afterwards regret. I am not aware of any reason why the honorable member should constantly interrupt when I speak, and I do not think it right or proper that he should do so in the manner he does. My position is absolutely consistent with the position I have always taken up in this House. The honorable member's talk about the " Geebung Club," and nonsense of that kind, only emphasizes the statement I made in regard to him. The honorable member is doing himself an injustice, because every honorable member respects and likes him; it is only when he rises and talks nonsense of the character we have just heard thai he makes himself appear absurd. I arrogate to myself no special position, but speak simply as the representative of the electors who sent me here. But I am here to do what I think is in the interests of the whole community, - as well as in the interests of the' individual electors who returned me. Whatever position I take up, I do so fearlessly, and regardless of whether the electors favorably or unfavorably view my action. Every honorable member who has sat in the two Parliaments will agree that I always fearlessly state what I believe to foe correct - that I do so without equivocation, or regard to the electors or any body else. I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, that I should feel very much what the honorable member for Maranoa has said if I did not know that ten -minutes later he will express his regret. I know that the honorable member does not mean what he says, and will presently desire to withdraw his statement. But it is not proper that statements of the kind should appear in the press or in Hansard, because they degrade the position of this House, and it is a great pity they are allowed.

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