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Friday, 18 March 1904

Mr WATSON (Bland) - I think that the honorable member for Wilmot is the only one who wishes, at this stage, to address the House, and as most honorable members appear to desire that the motion should be disposed of as early as possible, I would urge him to proceed. There is one special reason why those in favour of the general tenor of the motion desire to have it dealt with without delay. We read in to-day's newspapers that the question will be considered by the Imperial Parliament within the next few days, and that fact renders it highly desirable that any action which we may contemplate should be taken early. I, therefore, appeal to those who desire to see the motion carried to expedite its early passage. I would ask the honorable member to withdraw his motion, for I presume that he would not. occupy much time in putting his arguments before the House.

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - At this stage, we can best assist the object of the motion by refraining from speaking.

Mr. CONROY(Werriwa). - I do not think that it is possible to conclude the debate this afternoon. I have an amendment to propose.

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable and learned member cannot move an amendment, for he has already spoken.

Mr Conroy - An amendment will be submitted, and it will emanate from me, even if it be moved by some other honorable member.

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