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Friday, 22 June 1906

Mr SPEAKER - To what Commission does the honorable member refer? The Standing Orders permit questions to be asked of any .private member in relation to business before the House of which he has charge.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to ask the honorable and learned member for Illawarra, or the honorable member for Perth, if either is willing to answer the question, whether the Tariff Commission is likely to report soon on the question of metals and machinery?

Mr SPEAKER - I should not like this case to be made a precedent. As the Tariff is, in a sense, the business of the House, I should have little hesitation in permitting the Chairman of the Tariff Commission to reply to such a question, but I doubt the propriety of permitting another member of the Commission to answer the question in his absence.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I withdraw my question.

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