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Friday, 8 June 1928

Sir ELLIOT JOHNSON (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - -I desire to make a personal explanation. With the concurrence of the Government Whip I had a permanent arrangement with the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Matthews) to pair with him, so that when, owing to his physical infirmity, he is not able to attend in the chamber, his party will not be deprived of his vote. That obligation I have scrupulously honored, but last night I inadvertently omitted to take the usual precaution of seeing whether the honorable member wasin his place. Too late I realized that he was not present, and my vote was recorded. I immediately explained the matter to the Government Whip and the mistake was rectified after consultation with the Opposition Whip (Mr. Penton).

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