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Tuesday, 12 December 1905

The CHAIRMAN - Order. Both the Minister and the honorable member for Parramatta must withdraw the expressions used by them.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - If my remark was out of order, I withdraw it. I like a little straightforwardnessin matters of this kind, and I want to make it clear that honorable members opposite are shrinking and sneaking behind the Age article. They intended to oppose the Bill to the fullest extent of their power. It was not with any pleasure that I consented to amend the Bill, but one must be actuated by considerations of common sense when dealing with matters of this kind. I found that I had no possiblechance of passing the Bill as originally framed, becausehonorable members objected to the proposal to place in the hands of the Executive the power reserved to Parliament by Division VI. a of the Tariff. I was not stupid enough to drop the Bill because I could not get everything I wanted, and, therefore, I consented to amend it.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Motion (bySir William Lyne) agreed to-

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to be. passed through its remaining stages without delay.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).- I congratulate the Minister upon setting aside the Standing Orders in order to enable a Bill of this farcical description to be passed without delay.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report adopted.

Motion(by Sir William Lyne) proposed

That the Bill be now read a third time.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).- I rise, at the earliest possible moment, to give the lie direct to the Minister.

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