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Wednesday, 6 December 1905


Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - It appears to me that we are going from bad to worse. We are discussing everything from Dan to Beersheba. Senator Clemons has argued all round the universe, and I do not know what Senator Higgs has not been doing. The matter is really not quite so involved as some have tried to make out. I do not think - as I believe some honorable senators know very well - that Australia, has benefited very much at the hands of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, and I am not at all overwhelmed with sympathy for that great concern. But at the same time I think we have to do what is best for the Commonwealth under the circumstances, and I fee'', after weighing, as far as I have been able, the arguments that have been used, th:t it is to the advantage of Australia that the agreement should be ratified.







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