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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Mr REID (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to take the earliest opportunity to make a personal explanation. I find that, when the motion for adjournment was moved on Wednesday last, the honorable member for Gwydir made these statements -

To-day it is alleged that thousands of pounds have been contributed by the Tobacco Trust, the shipping ring, and various big firm's in Sydney, to a fund which the members of the Opposition are shepherding, and which is being used by them when travelling through the country with th'eir wives, in the. endeavour to wrest from the Government at the next elections the reins of office..... The leader of the

Opposition is travelling through the country, utilizing the large funds placed at his command for the purpose of injuring honorable members who are here attending to their public duties.

Each of those statements is absolutely false.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) -Is it parliamentary for the .right honorable member to characterize the words of the honorable member* for Gwydir as false?

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