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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I trust that the Committee will support the Prime Minister in this matter. He has assured us that he has given every consideration to it, and we are bound to rely upon the Executive to a large extent in matters of this kind. As honorable members know, I do not approve of the present Ministry ; but whilst they are holding their present positions we must place some reliance upon them. The moment they act in a manner which we conceive to be improper, we should send them about their business.

Mr Watson - According to the honorable and learned member's argument we should accept the Estimates in globo.

Mr CONROY - I attach so much importance to Ministerial responsibility that I should go so far' as to say that Estimates which do not prove acceptable to the Committee should be sent back to the Government. I do not think it is worth while to provoke complications over so small a matter,, and therefore I shall support the Government.'

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