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Thursday, 7 June 1906

Mr JOHNSON - I desire to' ask the Prime Minister whether he intends to afford members an early opportunity to consider the question of the Federal Capital Site?

Mr DEAKIN - As the honorable member knows, a paragraph appears in the speech of His Excellency the GovernorGeneral

Mr Johnson - It is right away down at the bottom.

Mr DEAKIN - What the honorable member calls the bottom is that portion of the speech which relates to the business that it is proposed to bring before the House during the coming session. The first portion of the speech necessarily deals with the past. The latter portion with the future, and the position which the paragraph occupies does not indicate that the question of the Federal Capital Site will be introduced after the measures referred to at an earlier stage of the speech. After the plans, which were received only yesterday, have been laid on the table and the House has been placed in possession of all other available information on the subject, we shall be ready to proceed.

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