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Thursday, 27 October 1904

Mr SPEAKER - Order !

Mr WATSON - The honorable member for Parramatta is the most persistent interjector in this House.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The trouble is that the honorable member only hears me.

Mr WATSON - The honorable mem- ber's voice is so wretchedly harsh that I Cannot help hearing him. I do not know of anything in the election pledges of the honorable and learned member for Ballarat

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not think that the honorable member does.

Mr WATSON - If the honorable member will permit me to get a word in edgeways, it may result in saving the time of this House. I know of nothing in the pledges of the honorable and learned member for Ballarat which will preclude him from asking for an early expression of opinion from honorable members of this Chamber, and from the other branch of the Legislature, upon this most important question. As the honorable member for Hume has been referred to by the Prime Minister, I may mention that he intimated to me that he has no wish to take this question out of the hands of the honorable and learned member for Ballarat. It was because no action was being taken upon a matter which was very dear to him that he placed his motion relating to it upon the business-paper. The Prime Minister has since indicated that it would be regarded as a motion of no confidence, but I can assure him that it was not put forward with any such view, but merely with the idea of securing an expression of opinion upon the question at the earliest possible moment. I trust that the Prime Minister will see the necessity of giving some consideration to the Trade Marks Bill and the important question of preferential trade before the session closes.

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