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Friday, 30 September 1904

Mr THOMAS (Barrier) - Last evening I stated that the Prime Minister was reported to have said, when speaking in the Protestant Hall, Sydney, that although the honorable and learned member for Ballarat was a most amiable and courteous gentleman, he had doner nothing politically to entitle him to the Prime Ministership of Australia. The right honorable gentleman denied having said that.

Mr Reid - That was not the statement made by the honorable member last night.

Mr Lonsdale - The honorable member for Barrier made a number of statements last night which were not correct.

Mr THOMAS - I accepted the right honorable gentleman's denial, but in justification of my statement I should like to read the report to which I referred.

Mr Reid - I rise to order. The honorable member imputed to me remarks which I did not make, and he is now proceeding to quote something, probably with a view to corroborate his statement. The remarks which he attributed to me last night were put in quite a different way. He stated then that I had said that the honorable and learned member for Ballarat was unfit to be Prime Minister.

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