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Friday, 10 August 1906

Mr JOHNSON (Lang) .- Whilst agreeing with, the Prime Minister in the desire for the expedition of business, I think that consideration might be given to the fact that some private members have ver y important motions on the business - paper already partly dealt with or altogether untouched. I have set down for the 30th August a motion dealing with reciprocal trade relations with New Zealand, having surrendered my right to proceed with it earlier in the session to allow honorable members to visit Queenscliff on . the occasion of the sending of the first message by wireless telegraphy from the mainland to Tasmania.

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Other honorable members did the same.

Mr JOHNSON - I admit that. While recognising the reasonableness of the Government proposals, I ask the Prime Minister whether if at any time during the remainder of the session an opportunity presents itself to proceed with private business in Government time, he will allow us to take advantage of it?

Mr Deakin - Yes.

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