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Friday, 21 October 1904

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Some complaint' was made last wight about what was termed the wilful delay of the Opposition in dealing with this measure, and that sentiment has found further expression this morning. Lt is rather singular that those who have' made the complaint are for the most part absolutely opposed to the Bill, while those who are supporting it have had nothing whatever to say on the subject. The honorable member for Moira has told the House that I have been wasting public time, and that he felt that he had neglected his duty in not compelling me to conclude my speech last evening. If he feels so keenly about the waste of public time, why did he not protest in his place yesterday when another matter-

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the honorable member in order in replying to a personal explanation ? , >.

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