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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr SPEAKER - The only question now before the House for discussion is the motion just moved by the Prime Minister. Honorable members can discuss whether the House, at its rising, shall adjourn to a date to be fixed in the manner referred to in the motion, or to some other date. I am afraid that no other matters can be mentioned.

Mr McWilliams - Can the Prime Minister tell us when we are likely to reassemble? Honorable members whose homes are in other States have arrangements to make, which it would be most inconvenient to conclude unless timely notice were given.

Mr SPEAKER - Yesterday the Prime Minister mentioned the difficulty that ho had at the present time in fixing a definite date, because matters arising out of certain functions which are about to take place leave things in a state of some uncertainty. That is why it is proposed that, Mr. Speaker shall call honorable members together by telegram or letter.

Mr Mathews - Cannot we be told approximately when we shall meet again?

Mr SPEAKER - At the present time I have no other information than that contained in the announcement of the Prime Minister yesterday.

Mr Bowden - We should be given fair notice of the intention to call Parliament together again. I think that there should be at least a fortnight's notice.

Mr JAMES PAGE (MARANOA, QUEENSLAND) - It will take me nearly a week to travel to my home in Queensland, and almost a week to get back to Melbourne. We should be told approximately when the House is to reassemble.

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