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Wednesday, 6 July 1904

Mr WATSON - I thought I 'had said sufficient on this head last evening to indicate to the Committee that I looked upon the amendment of the honorable and learned member for Angas, and that of the honorable and learned member for Corinella, as of very grave importance. I used the words that there must be a point at which drastic alterations in the Bill should stop, and that I should regard the carrying of either of the amendments as bringing us to that point. I do not wish to say anything more than that.

Mr Crouch - Would the Government abandon the Bill.

Mr WATSON - We shall not abandon the. Bill whilst the Government remain in office. We occupy our present position in consequence of this measure, and if it is not to be carried in the shape that we think satisfactory, we shall take the first opportunity that presents itself to go to the countrv. or leave these Benches.

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