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Thursday, 4 June 1903

Sir WILLIAM McMILLAN (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - During the recess no documents of any kind were posted to honorable members, though many important matters of public interest arose and were discussed in the newspapers - subjects like the report of the Conference of Premiers, and the statements of the Treasurer in regard to the finances. It seems to me that honorable members, without being overloaded with unnecessary papers, should have sent to them documents which would guide them in forming their own opinions on public questions of importance, and not be left to depend upon the newspapers. I do not know what the practice adopted by a State Parliament is, but I know that I have felt the want of such information as I speak of. During the recess I received no public document of any kind.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member can have all parliamentary papers posted to him if he asks for them.

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