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Tuesday, 22 March 1904


That the debate be now adjourned.

In doing so I would ask the Prime Minister to consent to an adjournment until such time as honorable members have had the advantage of reading his very full and closely reasoned speech. The Prime Minister has opened up more ground than has been trenched upon in previous debates. He has put before the House a very close, ingenious argument, and we desire to test that argument, and to see what' it actually means. Owing to the. fulness with which' he dealt with his subject, as we'll as its importance, we ought to be permitted to see his speech in print - as we were on a previous occasion - before being called upon to debate this Bill.

Mr Poynton - We can obtain copies of the Prime Minister's speech to-morrow.

Mr. DEAKIN(Ballarat- Minister for External Affairs). - I fully recognise that, if no honorable member is prepared to speak to-morrow, the demand of the acting leader of the Opposition is a reasonable one. I recognise that he is entitled to an adjournment itf he wishes it; but at the same time I ask him not to stand in the way of other honorable members who are prepared to proceed with the discussion. Of course> I shall not seek to close the debate to-morrow.

Mr Poynton - Will not honorable members be able to obtain copies of the Prime Minister's speech to-morrow?

Mr DEAKIN - I presume so.

Motion agreed to ; debate adjourned.

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