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Tuesday, 5 December 1905

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) - It has always been regarded as the duty of the leader of an Opposition to protest against a proposal of this kind, but I think that it is one of the most practical suggestions for clearing the notice-paper that has come be-« fore any Parliament with which I have been associated. The honorable member for Parramatta is connected with a party which has frequently suggested the advisableness of resorting to day, instead of night sittings.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Always when there has been a definite object in view.

Mr FISHER - The honorable member has now an opportunity, for the first time, to give effect to the policy which he has advocated. He has urged before to-night that we should meet during the daytime and not at night.


Mr Johnson - This is a proposal to meet day and night.

Mr FISHER - The Prime Minister said that he wished the House to meet at 10.30 o'clock in the morning, to enable honorable members to go home at the usual hour. I venture to say that if we apply ourselves to the work, it will be done in a more satisfactory manner to the country. Undoubtedly, without accusing any one of doing a wrong thing, a great deal of time has been uselessly wasted during this session. We can put up a good record if we will only apply our minds to our work. It is not uncommon in the States Parliaments for nearly all the important Bills to be passed in the last week or two of the session.

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