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Thursday, 28 June 1906


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I shall be obliged to the honorable member for Maranoa if he will supply the Government with the tender of the printer referred to. I agree with him that a discrepancy such as that which he has indicated does merit very careful inquiry. If the honorable member is able to supply the Government with the tender we shall have the matter looked into.


Mr Page - I will supply it with pleasure.


Mr DEAKIN - As to the very important question of the honorable and learned member for Bendigo, let me say that the Government fully appreciate the labours of the Tariff Commission, and the seriousness of the questions which they are raising. The intention is certainly to deal, in this session, and in a practical fashion, with the recommendations of the Commission, both those which have been made, and those which are expected, and which we hope to receive shortly. But I think the House will agree that it is undesirable that scattered over the business of the session there should be occasional digressions into various Tariff matters intermixed with the consideration of the measures of general importance to which the honorable and learned member referred.


Mr Watson - We should deal with as many as possible of the recommendations in one amendment of the Tariff.


Mr DEAKIN - We hope to receive further recommendations some day next week, or at the beginning of the week after, when the draft reports of the Chairman of the Commission have been dealt with. As soon as they are in they will be considered, and when we have a sufficient bulk of recommendations to occupy the attention of the House for some little time consecu tively, the Government, in order that thev may be dealt with and discussed as far as possible together, propose to take them in hand, and to press on their consideration as fast as possible. We think that the convenience of honorable members, both as regards their attendance in the House, and the concentration of their thought upon the recommendations of importance submitted, will be best served by the adoption of this course.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 10.49 P-m.







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