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Tuesday, 19 June 1906

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) . - Judging by the slight interest that appears to be taken in it by the members of the great party which supports the Government, one would imagine that this ©ill is of absolutely no concern to the people of Australia. There has been on their part, so far, a conspiracy of silence concerning a measure which affects the whole of Australia and its industries as no Bill introduced either in the Federal or any State Parliament has ever done before. This is without question the most important measure that has ever been introduced in this House, and in the circumstances we might reasonably ask that there should be a quorum to listen to what is said concerning it. [Quorum formed.] lt is remarkable to me that honorable members seem to take very little interest in a question of this kind.

Mr Watson - Why does not the honorable member, bring his friends in ; his benches are emptY ?

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