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Friday, 29 June 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to point out to the honorable member for Kalgoorlie - I do not pretend to be an expert in grammatical construction - that his amendment, if carried, would possibly permit of the extension of the term that is specified in the Bill.

Mr Frazer - It would give the Government that right.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Speaking upon the question of whether any limitation should be imposed beyond what is implied in the Bill, may I point out that action is now being taken by the Government, because of local arrangements which are being entered into in the States chiefly concerned. But let us assume that within three years the Federal Capital were set up in New South Wales. The Governor-General would then be compelled to leave his present residence in Sydney, and to live at the Seat of Government, but it would not effect any saving to the State Government, because they would already have leased a residence for the State Governor.

Mr Skene - Twelve months' notice would cover that.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is not provided for.

Mr Skene - I understand that it is to be provided for.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Bill is drafted in its present form, because Mr. Carruthers, the Premier of New South Wales, desires to lease a residence for the State Governor for a period of years. No doubt some arrangement could be made later on, but lest it could not, it would bew ell to leave the hand's of the Government free, because if the New South Wales authorities had entered into an arrangement, the adoption of the amendment would have the effect of increasing instead of lessening, the expenditure that would be incurred. From whatever stand-point the honorable member's proposal may be regarded, its acceptance would undoubtedly mean an increased instead of a diminished expenditure.

Mr McWilliams - It would not.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It would. Suppose that within three years the Seat of Government were established in New South Wales. That would require the GovernorGeneral to immediately vacate Government House, Sydney, for the purpose of residing in the Federal Capital.

Mr Deakin - I think that we can overcome the difficulty if the honorable member will permit my colleague to make a statement.

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