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Thursday, 23 June 1904

Mr SPEAKER - I must ask the honorable member not to discuss the Navigation Bill.

Mr WILKS - I knew I was out of order, and I have to thank you for allowing me to say so much. I should not have mentioned the matter had it not been referred to by the Prime Minister.

Mr SPEAKER - The Prime Minister referred to a Royal Commission, and not to the Navigation Bill.

Mr WILKS - Then, to put myself in order, I express the hope that the Royal Commission will take care not to neglect the shipping and commercial interests of Port Jackson. The Ministry are in the very happy position of being too young to have given any chance of grievances against them ; and the only grievance on the part of the Government is that the Opposition are not ready to attack their position. But the attack will come in good time. I trust that my leader will soon be " on deck " in charge of affairs, and will point out more grievances that the Government are able to withstand.

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