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Thursday, 9 October 1902

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (AttorneyGeneral) . - The House will recognise that the honorable members for Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie have dealt with this subject, which is of so great importance to both Western Australia and the Commonwealth, in a manner which reflects the greatest credit upon them. The speech of the honorable member for Coolgardie displayed an uncommon degree of research and careful consideration of the matter from the various aspects from which it may be viewed. He propounded some daring constitutional theories, but the base from which he moved was well established, and he supported his advances in a most lucid and logical manner. Honorable members have not listened to many speeches of so comprehensive a character. I was at first of the opinion that the Government might at once reply to what has been said in support of the motion ; but, having regard to the gravity of some of the issues raised, and to the fact that they must be further considered in relation to the powers of the Commonwealth in respect to the control of trade and commerce, I trust that the honorable members concerned will be content to have placed their own views upon record, and will consent to an adjournment of the debate. I therefore move -

That the debate be now adjourned.

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