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Tuesday, 10 June 1902

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - In order to give honorable members an opportunity of showing that they really intend to reprimand the Government, I move -

That the Chairman do now leave the chair.

The action of the Ministry in regard to all these matters has been anything but satisfactory. The facts are well within the recollection of honorable members, and, therefore, I do not intend to labour the matter. I merely wish to give those who have just expressed their dissatisfaction with the Government an opportunity of condemning them in a practical manner.

Mr Deakin - I should like to ask the honorable and learned member whether he takes this step with the sanction of the acting leader of the Opposition?

Mr CONROY - I am acting upon my own initiative. I am merely desirous of affording honorable members who have already expressed their disapproval of the action of the Government an opportunity of placing upon record the fact that they do not agree with their administration. I do not wish to see the proceedings of Parliament turned into a farce.

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear.

Mr CONROY - I am surprised that honorable members should have divided the committee upon the question of the GoverorGeneral's allowances, when theyare not prepared to vote in accordance with their convictions. But as I realize that the temper of the committee is adverse to my motion, it would be idle for me to press it.

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