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Tuesday, 22 March 1904

Mr WEBSTER (Gwydir) - I heartily agree with the motion. The amendments which have been put forward by enthusiastic new members of the House do not seem to me to contain anything worth taking up time in replying to.

Mr Cameron - Do not take up the time then.

Mr WEBSTER - Perhaps when the honorable member comes to reflect he may regret that he took up so much time this evening. The honorable member for Wilmot and the honorable member for Corangamite are the only two sympathizers in the House with the mine-owners in the Transvaal.

Mr Watson - With the Chinese?

Mr WEBSTER - I am happy to say that they are the only two members of the House who have come forward to express their opinion in favour of Chinese immigration into that country.

Mr Cameron - I have said nothing of the kind.

Mr WEBSTER - The honorable member quoted from the communication which was received from the Government of the Transvaal, and when he quotes from a document of that kind he practically fathers its contents. After the able statement of his case by the honorable member for Bland,:' the eloquent support of the motion by the Prime Minister, and the very forcible expression of his opinion by the right honorable member for Adelaide, it would indeed be a waste of time on my part to delay the House any longer in trying to advance any other reasons in its favour - not, perhaps, nearly as ably as those honorable members did. Therefore, I content myself with stating that I support the motion, because I think it is calculated to express the opinion of the House and of the people of this Commonwealth.

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