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Friday, 7 May 1920

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) . - I move - t That the House, at its rising, adjourn until

Tuesday next, at 3 p.m.

Mr Riley - What is the need for meeting on Tuesday? The business that we have been doing this week has not been urgent. What is the urgent business tha't the Government wishes us to deal with?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I am amazed at the honorable member's question. I am afraid that he shares the popular notion that, unless something sensational and striking to the imagination- is taking place, useful work is no't being done. The business put through this week was of the utmost consequence to the people of this country.

Mr Blakeley - Especially the Supplementary Estimates, covering expenditure of some years ago!

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Yes; they had to be passed, and it was time they were passed. I am surprised at the suggestion that measures for replenishing the coffers of the Old-age and War Pensions Funds, and similar measures, are of no account. Tha't will not be the opinion of the pensioners themselves.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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