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Wednesday, 11 July 1906


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that it is' proposed by the Government of New South Wales that a visit of inspection shall be made to some suggested new sites. If that inspection is to be made, it should be made soon, if anything is to be done in the matter this session. Therefore, I should like to know if the Prime Minister has any proposal to make in regard to the matter. If so, will he state it?


Mr DEAKIN - The Premier of New South Wales, in an invitation extended to the members of both Houses, makes two proposals - for a joint visit, enabling honorable members to inspect all the sites now offered, and, if they think fit, the Dalgety site as well, the alternative being to view these sites during two week-end visits. This Government would prefer the latter course, as causing less delay in the transaction of public business. The Minister of Home Affairs is now ascertaining exactly what time would be required for either programme, and that information, when available, will be submitted to honorable members informally, so that we may take the sense of the majority.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will this be done as speedily as possible?


Mr DEAKIN - It is being done now.







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