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Wednesday, 27 July 1904

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member has just read a letter from some one who is not a member of the House, in the course of which it is stated that something which was said, in the House was false. I think that aueh a statement should not have been read. As honorable members are not allowed to characterize the remarks of their fellow-members as untrue, surely similar statements by outsiders should not be read here. I ask honorable members to in future omit from their quotations any expressions which are disorderly in that they are such as honorable members could not themselves use.'

Mr SKENE - I regret very much that I have transgressed, but- my view was that the honorable member was not charged with want of veracity, -and that it was merely stated that what he had said was not accurate. He further proceeded to challenge me to produce the books of the association ; hut before one can be expected to do that, some definite charge should be preferred. If any definite charge is made, I am sure that it will be met, even if the production of the books is necessary. It will be remembered that this matter was dealt with when we were discussing whether organizations. having political objects should he allowed to register under the Arbitration Bill. I was satisfied at the time that the honorable member's assertions were mistaken,' and I thought it not right to allow his statements in regard to the Pastoralists' Associations to pass without an answer.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 11. 13 p.m.

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