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Thursday, 15 September 1904

Mr REID (East Sydney) (Minister for External Affairs) . - I merely wish to saythat I did not laugh at the serious matter to which the honorable and learned member referred. I quite agree that the subject is-

Mr Carpenter - I rise to a point of order. If the Prime Minister speaks at this stage he will close the debate, and thus render it impossible for me to refer to a matter which I rose a few minutes ago to put before the House.

Mr Reid - I beg the honorable member's pardon. I thought the debate had finished. I do not wish to close his mouth.

Mr SPEAKER - The Prime Minister has risen, and has commenced his reply-

Mr Reid - I did not intend to prevent discussion, and, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to give way to the honorable member.

Mr SPEAKER - That being so, no doubt the House will permit the honorable member for Fremantle to speak.

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear.

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