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Thursday, 21 June 1906

Mr McCOLL (Echuca) .- I, too, wish to make a personal explanation. The Minister of Home Affairs was in error in stating this afternoon that I had said that the Government are under the domination of the Labour Party. My opinions about the conduct of certain Ministers is my own, but I have no quarrel with the Government, and made no such remark as that attributed to me. What I said was that possibly the honorable member, in view of the peculiar circumstances existing in his constituency, may be under the domination of the Labour Party, but I did not say that the Government are. I have not said a word against the Government, either inside or outside the House, and I am continually endeavouring, as I go through the country, to refute what I consider tobe aspersions on the character of the Prime Minister. I am here as an independent member, desirous of helping the Government to push through what I consider to be good legislation.

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