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Friday, 4 November 1904

Mr WEBSTER (Gwydir) - I protest against the remarks of the honorable member for New England, because I do not think the Prime Minister should be told by one supporter after another that he must stiffen his back to expedite the conduct of public business. Personally, I would not allow my worst enemy to be trampled upon, and, therefore, I feel it is my duty to stand up like a Briton and defend the Prime Minister. I hope that no further threats will be made to destroy the Government if the Prime Minister does not become even more petrified, politically speaking, than he is at present. I should like the Government to invite the House to meet at 10.30 a.m. each day, so as to expedite business.

Mr McDonald - And sit all night?

Mr WEBSTER - I do not say that. All-night sittings are not conducive to the good temper of the House, or to the expedition of public business. I shall do my best to assist the Treasurer in passing the Estimates, always keeping in mind my duty as a member of the Opposition, and a representative of the people. I certainly object to such honorable members as the honorable member for New England attacking their leader.

Progress reported.

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