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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I hope we shall be able to compel the Minister to do that which he is unwilling to do. Nobody expects the Minister of Trade and Customs, to do a fair thing at any time.

Sir William Lyne - If the honorable member wants to kill the Bill, let him kill it, if he can.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Minister has no right to make that remark. We do notwant to kill the Bill, but only to make it as fair as we may in the interests of the whole of Australia. I hope that we shall always treat matters of great importance in a reasonable way, but we are not to be compelled to do what the Minister requires. I suggest to all concerned that we should now content ourselves by allowing the Bill to go through Committee, and then endeavour to have it recommitted. We may be able to recommit the Bill, not only for the purpose of trying to make the improvement we sought to make just now, but also to insert the original proposal in regard to the sliding scale.

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