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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr McWILLIAMS (Franklin) . - I, certainly, would not be prepared, in any circumstances, to vote against the address; but it would be morethan lamentable if, owing to the friction which has arisen between the two Chambers, or between their presiding officers, any hitch or trouble should now develop. It would be very much better to leave the whole matter to yourself, sir, and to the President, in order that you might mutually arrange some amicable way out of the difficulty, and thus avoid marring the proceedings by a silly little dispute re*garding precedence. If this House agrees to the address as read by the Prime Minister, in face of the fact that the Senate has not adopted a similar address, there will be serious danger of the whole matter becoming a fiasco. I urge the Prime Minister not to proceed further, but to substitute for his motion for the adoption of the address another to the effect that the matter be referred back to Mr. Speaker and the President for joint action.

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