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Thursday, 23 August 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - I ask the indulgence of the Senate to make a personal explanation.

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear.

Senator PULSFORD - On Tuesday evening, when Senator Guthrie was speaking on the Australian Industries Preservation Bill, he referred to a statutory declaration which I had quoted from Mr. Henry Best. He said -

Mr. Best,at the time of making the declaration, was lying in the Melbourne hospital undergoing an operation, and the local manager for the United Shoe Machinery Company drove to the hospital, and obtained his signature. The signature was obtained at a time when Mr. Best was not absolutely in possession of his whole mental faculties.

Yesterday I received from Mr. Best the following further statutory declaration: -

I, Henry Best, of Fitzroy, in the State of Victoria, hoot and shoe manufacturer, do solemnly and sincerely declare -

1.   I am informed that Senator Guthrie, on the twenty-first instant, in the Senate, stated that my affidavit, dated the fourteenth instant, read by Senator Pulsford, was made when I was too ill to be responsible for my actions, or words to that effect.

2.   This statement was unauthorized by me, and I am in no way responsible for its having been made.

3.   I now re-affirm and indorse in every particular the contents of my affidavit, dated the fourteenth day of August, one thousand nine hundred and six.

4.   I am now almost recovered from my illness, and have returned from hospital to my own home.

5.   I offered to make the affidavit of the fourteenth of August, after seeing the report of Senator McGregor's speech in the Herald, and without any request therefor by or on behalf of the United Shoe Company.

And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act of the Parliament of Victoria rendering persons making a false declaration punishable for wilful and corrupt perjury.

Declared at Fitzroy, in the State of Victoria, this 22nd day of August, One thousand nine hundred and six.

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