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Tuesday, 5 December 1905
Page: 6255

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! I must ask the honorable member to address himself to the question before the Chair.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am pointing out that the Prime Minister is making an outrageous proposal. Let him say when he intends the House to rise, and what isthe minimum quantity of work that he desires us to deal with. If his proposal be reasonable, we shall be glad to help him to carry it out as completely and readily as we can, but he ought not to try to deprive us of the few hours we have to prepare to consider the legislation submitted to us. If his proposal be carried, legislation will be voted upon in ignorance by the majority of honorable members who follow the blind lead of the Government. This motion can mean nothing else. It is unfair to the country that honorable members should not be allowed time for the consideration of the important questions awaiting their consideration. Therefore, in the absence of any further statement by the Prime Minister, I shall be compelled to resist to the utmost his proposal that we shall meet as early as 10. 30 a.m.

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