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Thursday, 11 August 1904

Mr REID (East Sydney) - I regret that I was absent from the chamber when the adjournment of the debate was moved. I am sure that there can be no possible objection to such a motion. Every honorable member has a perfect right to an adjournment to enable him to speak on this question as fully as he may desire. Of course the adjournment will be till tomorrow morning?

Mr Watson - Certainly.

Mr REID - In the heat of debate we often make observations that would be better left unsaid, but I wish to say at once that I do not, for a moment, seriously accuse the Government as has been supposed.

An Honorable Member. - But the right honorable member ' did.

Mr REID - And I regret it. I suppose that even I may be allowed to express regret. Sometimes much smaller men than myself will not humble themselves to do that.

Mr Fisher - Will the right honorable member say what he meant?

Mr REID - When I am endeavouring to act fairly my honorable friend may just as well not make such observations. I can reply to him either way - I can give him just what he pleases. It is a perfectly reasonable proposal to adjourn the debate, ' and I do not offer the slightest . objection 10 that course. That is all. I hope that is not offensive.


Mr Fisher - I understood the right honorable member desired to make an explana tion and withdraw certain statements. This afternoon he made the statement that the Government were endeavouring to remain in office a day or two longer, thereby insinuating that Ministers were guilty of cupidity. Such a suggestion is beneath the dignity of the right honorable member.

Mr REID - Surely there may be some other motive for such a desire than that of cupidity.

Several honorable members interjecting -

Mr SPEAKER -Order. I shall have to name honorable members who distinctly and repeatedly disobey the Chair.

Motion agreed to; debate adjourned.

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