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Thursday, 16 November 1905

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) - So far from blaming the Honorary Minister, I think we should thank him for having noticed the defect in the Bill so quickly. The honorable senator's explanation reminds me of the modern definition of an apology - that it is a confession that you are wiser now than you were on a former occasion. In that sense I think we can accept the honorable senator's apology.

Senator MATHESON(Western Australia). - If any justification were needed for my remarks, it is supplied bv the fact that Senator Keating has already, within fiveminutes, had to withdraw his first amendment, with a view to submit another. We are obliged blindly to follow the advice given us by the honorable senator, who has so admirably displayed his intelligence and his mastery of this important measure and his amendments.

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