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Thursday, 29 May 1902

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) -! wi wish I could take the same hopeful view of what will eventuate from the so-called promise made by the Attorney-General as do other honorable members on this side of the House. I listened carefully to the honorable and learned gentleman's speech, but heard him make no promise. He made a speech which was full of " ifs " and " buts," and said that under certain circumstances certain action would be taken. But there were as many loop-holes in the honorable and learned gentleman's speech as there are in the usual Ministerial promises ; therefore, I am not hopeful that any drastic steps will be taken to afford sufficient relief.

Mr Deakin - Blessed is he who expecteth nothing.

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