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Wednesday, 27 June 1906

Mr SPEAKER - I deemed that the remarks utteredlast night demanded an inquiry, because it seems to me to be of the first importance that the Hansard report should be absolutely reliable as a correct record of what honorable members have said. I, therefore, asked the Principal Parliamentary Reporter to furnish such a statement as he might think proper upon the comments referred to, and he has given me the following report: -

Parliamentary Reporting Staff,

Melbourne, 27th June, 1906. [Memorandum.]

In attention to Mr. Speaker's request for a report in reference to the statements made in the House of Representatives yesterday as tp proofalteration by honorable members,'I have the honour to state -

1.   That Mr. Joseph Cook made no alteration in the portion of the report of his speech, referred to by . Mr. Webster; and that the record is an exact transcript of the reporter's note find corresponds with the manuscript forwarded by him to the Government Printer.

2.   That an interjection by Mr. Webster in the course of a . speech by Mr. Kelly was omitted at Mr. Webster's request and with Mr. Kelly's concurrence, Mr. Webster staling that he had misapprehended the purport of the speaker's remarks.

In my review of the proofs returned to me by honorable members, I am invariably careful to ascertain, in the. very short time available for such a purpose, that the rule against alteration of sense is not infringed.

B.   Harry Friend,

Principal Parliamentary Reporter.

The Honorable the Speaker of the House of


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