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Wednesday, 24 June 1903

Mr McCAY (Corinella) - I was very much surprised upon entering the chamber some ten minutes after the hour of meeting to find the Committee engaged in a discussion upon a matter which was debated for some hours last night, and which was decided upon a vote which I understood was accepted by the Government as a test one.

Mr Deakin - Of course we accepted it ; we are not responsible for this debate.

Mr McCAY - If the Government accepts last night's vote as a decision that this clause shall be excised, I have no more to say upon the matter.

Sir Edmund Barton - We accept it subject to any rights that we may have under the Standing Orders.

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