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Friday, 10 August 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I move -

That, until otherwise ordered, the Order of the House giving precedence to General Business on each Thursday until half-past six o'clock be suspended, and that Government Business shall have precedence on each day of sitting.

There are but a few weeks left in which to transact a great deal of important business, and while many questions of magnitude are raised bv the notices on the business-paper in the names of private members, if our time is insufficient for the transaction of Government business it must be impossible to dispose effectively of their business. They are, therefore, not being asked to sacrifice real opportunities. If we are to do the work which remains to be clone this session, and go to the country as early as is desired there remains but a very short time in which to do it.

Mr McWilliams - If an opportunity to deal with private members' business presents itself, will the honorable and learned gentleman allow us to take advantage of it?

Mr DEAKIN - Of course.

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