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Thursday, 20 October 1904


Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) - It seems to me that the Government, having abandoned the Bill, now wish to lecture those honorable members who desire that the same privilege shall be extended to them that has been extended to Ministerial followers.


Mr McCay - I lectured nobody.


Mr FISHER - We have arrived at an hour when it is reasonable to adjourn the discussion. The honorable member for Laanecoorie states that he was ready to continue the debate, and was anxious that it should proceed. No one denies the accuracy of his statement, but the honorable member for Bourke was also ready to go on. It now appears that the Government desire to apply the gag.


Mr McCay - Seeing that I consented to the adjournment of the debate, how can the honorable member make such an assertion?


Mr FISHER - There are some 'kinds of concessions which deserve no thanks. I think that the request for the adjournment ot the debate was granted with a very ill grace.


Sir John Forrest - That is all right.


Mr FISHER - If the right honorable member thinks that the Opposition is going to submit to a lecture at the hands of the Government majority he makes a mistake. I trust that the conduct of this important debate will be marked by that courtesy which has characterized the action of the Government in connexion with discussions of far less importance. As the Prime Minister has pointed out, the Bill involves enormous possibilities, and should receive the fullest consideration.







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