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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Motion (by Mr. Isaacs) proposed -

That the House do now adjourn.

Mr. JOSEPHCOOK (Parramatta).Will the Attorney-General inform the House what business is to be taken on Monday? Are we to proceed with the further consideration of the Seat of Government Bill ? I should like to urge upon the honorable gentleman the importance of proceeding with that measure as soon as possible, in view of the intended early departure from Melbourne of many honorable members who are anxiously concerned about the measure. Many of us are desirous of proceeding with it, in order that a decision may be arrived at. It appears to me that there is no other business on the notice-paper that is nearly as important, and as to which it is so necessary that the full sense of the House should be taken. I hope that an announcement will be made that the discussion on the measure will be allowed to proceed at the earliest possible moment. Measures like the Copyright Bill ought not to be pushed on in front of it. It is not treating the question fairly. I therefore ask the AttorneyGeneral whether the Government will not strain a point in order that we may be better able to dispose of the Bill to which I have referred.

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