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Thursday, 19 June 1902

Mr WATSON (Bland) - While I should prefer to adjourn for a month, I would sooner have a clear three weeks from the end of this week than come here next Monday and Tuesday. It was understood that we should not meet next week, and I believe that honorable members have made arrangements accordingly. I think we are fully entitled to an adjournment, and should be afforded this opportunity to visit out electorates. There are portions of my electorate which I have been unable to visit since Parliament met. With regard to the conduct of. business, I should like to see the Electoral Bill dealt with before anything else, but there appears to be some justification for the request of the Government that a decision should be arrived at in regard to the Bonus Bill, inasmuch as our attitude towards that measure may affect the decision of the other Chamber in regard to the provisions of Division VIa. of the Tariff. In any case, judging by the rate of progress yesterday, I do not think we can finally dispose of the Electoral Bill this week. It is an important Bill, containing a large number of clauses, and deserves full consideration at our hands, and I think that if we do a reasonable amount of work this week, the Government should consent to a reasonable adjournment.

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