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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I wish to know when we shall have an opportunity to deal with the question of the site of the Federal Capital. Before certain proceedings which took place recently, the honorable and learned member for Illawarra and some half-dozen other honorable members, with myself, were taking steps to ascertain whether a compromise could not be arrived at. At the outset I thought that both Lake George and Yass were more suitable than the site selected, but when the

Seat of Government! Bill was before us the honorable and learned member for Illawarra, was the only one who supported my advocacy of those sites. There has been a growing feeling , in the House that a compromise should be arrived at.

Mr Thomas - Carruthers has killed all that. '

Mr CONROY - If honorable members thought that a certain compromise should be accepted, surely their decision cannot be affected by what Mr. Carruthers has said.

Mr Bamford - They were merely willing to allow the matter to be again discussed. They did not say that; they would accept a certain site.

Mr CONROY - I shall not at this late hour discuss the matter, but I wish to know whether the Bill dealing with the question is to be presented to-morrow, and when we shall have an opportunity to deal with it.

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