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Friday, 20 May 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member of Gwydir is acting within his right in making a personal explanation, and he will not be permitted to go beyond it

Mr WEBSTER - That is what I am endeavouring to do. I simply say in conclusion that I am surprised that a gentleman so long in Parliament-

Mr SPEAKER - Is that a personal explanation ?

Mr WEBSTER - It is an explanation of why I took the stand I did to-day. It seems to me that there is no occasion for. such umbrage at my action, when I was perfectly within my constitutional right, and acted in the best interests of orderly debate.

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