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Friday, 20 May 1904

Mr HUGHES (West Sydney) (Minister for External Affairs) . - I only want to say, as to a matter with which, perhaps, I had not an opportunity-

Mr SPEAKER - I would point out that a personal explanation is not open for debate. If the Minister for External Affairs desires to make a personal explanation he is at liberty to do so.

Mr HUGHES - I do not know whether I made it perfectly clear to the House that I objected to interjections only when, in view of my bad throat, they caused meto speak in ' a louder tone than I should adopt. I need hardly say that so far as the honorable and learned member against whom my remarks were directed is concerned, it was through no action of minethat he was prevented from replying.

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