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Wednesday, 27 August 1902

The SPEAKER - The honorable member's time has expired.

Sir MALCOLM McEACHARN - I am just about to finish. I felt that under the circumstances I should be wanting in my duty tomy constituents, and to my own conscience, if I did not take the course I have indicated, and did not express myself as strongly as I have done.

Mr Kingston - The Government have no objection to the honorable member for Melbourne occupying longer time if he so desires.

The SPEAKER - If permission be given by the House, the honorable member for Melbourne may, of course, continue.

Mr Kingston - I shall not make any conditions, but as this is a dispute in regard to shipments of tea-

Mr Conroy - The question is the general administration of the department.

Mr Kingston - The question between myself and the honorable member for Melbourne relates to shipments of tea, and I suggest that the discussion be confined to that question, with which I have come prepared to deal.

The SPEAKER - I may point out that the notice handed to me by the honorable member for Melbourne shows that the motion for adjournment was moved to consider the administration of the Customs Act, and that, of course, affords a much wider scope than the question mentioned by the Minister for Trade and Customs.

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