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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr Tanner (see item No. 36, page 851)—

Debate resumed.

Absence of quorum

Mr Latham called the attention of the Deputy Speaker to the fact that a quorum of Members was not present.

The bells having been rung, and a quorum not having been obtained within the prescribed time, the Deputy Speaker, in accordance with standing order 45, announced that the Chair would be resumed in five minutes.

At 6.11 p.m., the Deputy Speaker resumed the Chair, and a quorum of Members was present.

Debate continued.

Debate adjourned (Mr Scott), and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.