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Thursday, 30 November 1905

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) - I wish to read to the Committee several resolutions that have been sent to me, with requests that I should submit them to honorable members as indicating the feeling which is spreading throughout the country in regard to the question. The first resolution which I desire to read is from the Storekeepers and Traders' Association of Victoria.

Mr Watson - I rise to order. Can the honorable member assure the Committee that he will lay the resolutions in question on the table, in order that they may be available for other honorable members ?

Mr WILSON - I will do whatever I am directed to do by the Chairman. These are not private communications. They are official. There is nothing in them of which I have cause to be afraid, nor .need I hesitate to lay them on the table of the House. I am using them as part of my speech, as showing the opposition to this "proposal on the part of very influential people throughout the country.

Mr Watson - Is the honorable member in order in quoting from documents which apparently he is not prepared to make available for the use of other honorable members ?

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