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Tuesday, 29 April 1902

Mr PAGE (Maranoa) - I cannot allow the Prime Minister's remark with regard to meanness to pass unchallenged. When I came to Melbourne from Queensland, I could not obtain admission to the Exhibition building. I was referred to Mr. Jenkins. How was I to know who Mr Jenkins was t At last, however, I found him, and he put on more "airs " than did the Prime Minister. He was the only Mr. Jenkins. W4ien I asked him for tickets to admit me to the various functions he inquired - "How am I to know that you are entitled to them?" What ! was a member of the first Federal Parliament to be treated by the only Jenkins in that manner 1 I wondered what I had struck.

MR Barton - Did you strike him t

Mr PAGE - No, but I very nearly "missed the bus" through the only Jenkins, as I narrowly escaped not being sworn in upon the opening of Parliament. I was not even allowed admission to the State concert in the Exhibition-building, so my wife and 1 contented ourselves with going to the theatre. I 'was looking for the only Jenkins again. After the celebrations were concluded I was given a badge, and told that if I had worn that I should have been able to get through the lines. I saw none of the show. A policeman stopped me at every turn. Yet now I find that Mr. Jenkins has been paid £250 for looking after strangers like myself.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Progress reported.

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