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Wednesday, 29 November 1905

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It seems to me that during the last few minutes we have drifted into a very serious position. If we negative the motion we shall, in effect, affirm in its bald outline the ruling of the Deputy Speaker. I think we should pause before we adopt that course, as it would carry us further than any honorable member would desire to go. By supporting the Deputy Speaker in his ruling, we shall affirm a principle which may have the most serious effect upon our debates. I should like to see the motion disposed of by means of some amendment, or by some statement of the Deputy Speaker to the effect that his ruling, which was given in the heat of debate, went further than on calmer consideration he thinks lit ought to have gone. It would be better to overcome the difficulty in some such manner, rather than to negative the motion, and thus affirm a most dangerous principle.

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