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Tuesday, 17 July 1906

Mr DEAKIN - The honorable member has quoted from a report of the Confer ence which took place between the States Premiers alone. I had not an opportunity of being present at that discussion. Though I would not for a moment dispute that the Premiers of the States represent their respective Parliaments, I would point out that we look to the repre.sentatives of New South Wales in this Parliament for an expression of the opinion of the electors of that State with regard to the Federal Capital Site question. To my recollection, they have not proposed any such course as that suggested.

Mr Skene - They opposed it when if was suggested.

Mr Wilks - It was suggested two years ago.

Mr DEAKIN - At any rate, the suggestion has not been made so authoritatively as to call for consideration by the Government, and I am not aware that it calls for that consideration.

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