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Friday, 20 May 1904

Mr WEBSTER (Gwydir) - I desire to give an explanation of some remarks of mine which seem to have given umbrage to the Minister for External Affairs. I still think that I was right, when at an earlier stage to-day, I took up the attitude I did believing that the effectiveness of the speech of the Minister for External Affairs was being unnecessarily interfered with by interjections. I like to see fair play extended to every man who has an important task to perform, and it is remarkable that when I exercised a constitutional right, certain honorable members should object, especially in view of the fact that I did so from the best of motives, namely, to insure a fair hearing for the speaker, and an opportunity . to honorable members to listen consecutively to his remarks. Personally I do not think I transgressed in any material way. I would point out also that, although to some honorable members interjections may afford food for discussion, they are to other honorable members very irritating and confusing.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the honorable member for Gwydir in order in debating again a matter which is not now before the House? On the motion for adjournment an honorable member may deal with any fresh matter he pleases, but I submit that the honorable member for Gwydir is going beyond a personal explanation.

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