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Thursday, 3 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL - Arrangements have to be made to link up the sewer with the buildings. The construction of an outfall sewer does not complete the work, and to finish it will take a considerable time. It is impossible for the Government to accept the motion, because they do not think it is practicable. The Government does not want to baulk the natural aspirations of the representatives of New SouthWales, or of the people of that State. Instead of the motion that has been submitted, I suggest that a motion on the following lines should be moved: -

That, in the opinion of this Senate, His Majesty's Ministersof State for the Commonwealth should take effective steps to insure the meeting of the Federal Parliament at Canberra at the earliest practicable date.

Such a motion might be acceptable to the Senate, and to Senator Thomas; it would certainly be acceptable to the Government. I would suggest that somebody should move it, and, in that event, the

Government would accept it. The Government does not regard this subject as a joke. It is in earnest in its desire that Parliament should move to Canberra, but the move must be made with reasonable discretion. If the accommodation is temporary, at least it should be comfortable for both members of Parliament and officials. Reference has been made to what was done in America ISO years ago, but life was simple and sweet in those days, and not subject to the bustle and1 pressure of present-day existence.

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