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Friday, 8 December 1905

Mr SPEAKER - I must ask the honorable member to withdraw that remark.

Mr WILSON - I withdraw my observation, but I wish, in the mildest language possible, to express my opinion that it is undesirable from the stand-point of the health of honorable members, of the officers of the House, and of others whose work is increased by our late sittings that business of this kind should be brought forward at the end of the session. There is certain to be a long discussion upon the Electoral Bill, and I think that we should proceed with it without any delay.

Mr Watson - If the honorable member will sit down we shall soon reach that measure.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member for Corangamite should ask permission of the honorable member for Bland to say a few words.

Mr Watson - It is hypocritical to ask that the Electoral Bill should be proceeded with, and at the same time to keep on talking in such a manner as to prevent us from reaching it.

Mr WILSON - Any remarks I may have to make will not cause much delay. I protest emphatically against Ministers bringing in a proposal of this kind at the fag end of the session, when honorable members are not in a fit state to deal with. it.

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