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Wednesday, 8 August 1906
Page: 2521


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If this business is properly before the House now, the Government must have postponed their own business for the purpose of permitting the Bill to be introduced. My complaint at the present time is that the Government should have set aside their own business.


Sir John Forrest - Not at all. We were adjourning, having reported progress on the Budget half-an-hour before the time, in order to please the honorable member.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Government business must have been postponed, or this Bill could not have been introduced.


Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - The Speaker has just pointed out that the motion of the honorable member for Canobolas would have had to come on, in any case.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - After the Government business, certainly. The motion of the honorable member for Canobolas stands after the Government business on the notice-paper.


Mr Isaacs - The motion of the honorable member for Canobolas would have had to be formally called on, and would have been called on.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is no doubt that an honorable member may do anything he pleases on private members' day, but a private member may not take Government nights for the purpose of introducing business which, in my judgment, ought to be under the control and direction of the Government. But we have surrendered responsible government during the whole of the currency of this Parliament, and this is only another instance.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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