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Wednesday, 16 March 1904

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister for External Affairs) . - I move -

That the House do now adjourn.

I think I may venture to ask honorable members, not only to aid us in closing the debate on the Address in Reply to-morrow night, as we certainly can do, but to aid us in closing it to-morrow afternoon, so that before we part this week we may be able to deal with the question of privilege upon the paper, and if possible also - and I am willing if it is thought we can finish the debate to allow it to have precedence - with the question of the introduction of Chinese into the Transvaal. If a motion upon that question is to be passed in any form it should be passed at once. If it can be disposed of this week the paper will be left clear next week for the Arbitration Bill and other measures, arid we can proceed with them without interruption.

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