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Thursday, 26 May 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable and learned member has already made ohe personal explanation, but if it is the pleasure of the House that he should' be permitted to make another, he may proceed.

Honorable Members.- Hear, hear.

Mr.CONROY. - There is one thing that I thought I made most perfectly clear. My astonishment was that men whom I know in the most friendly way,, should have any communication with this body of May Day Socialists, and I then explained what the May Day Socialists are. I also stated that I hoped that as soon as the Prime Minister understood the kind of men they are, . and the class to which they belong, he would at once give an assurance - but for the way in which the news is transmitted to other countries I should not require it at all - that he has no sympathy with such . a body. I know that he has not, and I cannot too strongly impress on the honorable member for Canobolas that I was most careful about pointing out the views, not of honorable members. in this House, but of the May Day Socialists at home. Further than that T cannot go. If honorable members can question one case to which I referred,', then I shall admit that . I have .made a big error. But I did not refer to one individual in the House, as honorable members know.

Mr Spence - Yes, the honorable and learned member did, .and to a number of us.

Mr CONROY - Honorable members know that I did not.

Mr Spence - The honorable and learned member tried to damage us in the eyes of the country.

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