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Friday, 29 June 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I hope that Ishall not be regarded as having any desire other than to make the best possible arrangement in connexion with this matter. At the same time, I wish to put before the Minister a suppositious case. Assuming that within three years the Federal Capital were established 120 miles distant from Sydney, would the Governor-General be compelled to forsake bis residence in Sydney and to. reside at the Seat of Government before the agreement had terminated?

Mr Groom - This Bill would not compel the Governor-General to live anywhere.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The preamble itself contains a limitation.

Mr Groom - That would not affect the matter in the slightest degree.

Mr Deakin - Parliament would decide that question by the simple process of either voting or refusing to vote supplies for the maintenance of the GovernorGeneral's establishment in Sydney.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I only wish to obviate the necessity for expenditure being incurred in two places for a short term of, say, two years.

Amendment agreed to.

Preamble, as amended, agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Motion (by Mr. Groom) agreed to -

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the Bill to pass through all its remaining stages without delay.

Report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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