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Thursday, 15 September 1904

Mr CAMERON (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - I desire, with the permission of the House, to make a personal explanation. My reason for doing so is that I do not wish that any vote which 1 may give upon a future occasion shall be taken to have been affected by the attitude of the Argus towards me. In a leading article that newspaper states that my appearance on the Opposition side of the Chamber would have caused intense interest had it not been for the fact that it was known that my personal disappointment because I was not included in the present Administration had been very great To prove that that statement is absolutely -incorrect, I should like to . lay a few plain facts before the House. I saw the then leader of the Opposition, the right honorable member for East Sydney, on the day after the Deakin Government were defeated, and had a little conversation with him.

Mr Crouch - What was the conversation?

Mr CAMERON - It is not necessary to repeat it.

Mr Reid - I rise to order. I' ask whether the honorable member will be in order, in correcting some statement which has appeared in a newspaper, in entering upon a narrative about other matters. .

Mr Page - Of what is the right honorable member afraid?

Mr Reid - I am not afraid of anything.

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