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Wednesday, 24 September 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister for Home Affairs) . - I regret that so much heat should be imported into a question of this kind.. I did not accuse the Opposition of stone-walling the Electoral Bill j but I must say there was a good deal of talk on that measure. What the Acting Prime Minister had in his mind, I think, was not the Electoral Bill, but the business which immediately followed it.

Mr Deakin - Hear, hear !

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I have had by me all the evening the papers connected with the motion for the appointment of a committee pf experts.

Mr Deakin - And honorable members saw the Minister bring the papers in, and they talked the matter out.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Asa point of order, has the Acting Prime Minister any right to make a statement to the effect that members of the Opposition saw the Minister for Home Affairs bring the papers in, and that they then talked the matter out.' None of us know what papers were brought into the Chamber.

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