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Thursday, 6 October 1904

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - My contention is that the statement did not in any way refer to the representatives of Queensland in this Parliament. The honorable member for Brisbane went on to say -

There is another contribution from this gentleman, to which he attaches no name - a statement which could only have been made by a vile cur, and it is a pity it was published. I intend to read the statement and also the names the writer mentions in the paragraph, and if there are any of those honorable -members present, I hope they will repudiate having had anything to do with the matter. I say that this paragraph was communicated by a vile cur -

That appears to be a favourite expression of the honorable member - if the communication was made to Mr. Annear, who is reported to have said - " The Queensland representatives, with one or two exceptions, seemed to have but little influence in the House. Prominent legislators had remarked to Mr. Annear - "

The prominent legislators mentioned in the paragraph are Mr. Richard Edwards, Mr. George Reid, Mr. Deakin, and Sir John Forrest. I now give the paragraph referred to - " Prominent legislators had remarked to Mr. Annear - ' Surely a city like Brisbane could have sent a representative whom we might really take seriously.' "

I desire to ask the honorable member whether he implies that if Mr. Richard Edwards, Mr. George Reid, or Sir John Forrest made such a remark he is a vile cur.

Mr Culpin - Certainly I do, if either of them made such a statement.

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I have nothing to do with what other honorable members may have said, but I deny that I made any such remark. In conclusion, I would urge upon honorable members that after having wasted so much time we should now employ ourselves to better purpose. Mr. Bamford. - We all say that.

Mr R EDWARDS (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - We should endeavour to pass useful legislation for the benefit of the community as a whole, and to do something that will tend to bind together these great States of Australia in a bond of common sympathy and common freedom - freedom of thought, freedom of speech, and freedom of trade and commerce throughout the continent.

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