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Wednesday, 13 April 1904

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister for External Affairs) . - It is most unusual to ask for an adjournment at this hour. I am perfectly well aware that several honorable members desire to speak, and it is my duty to afford them every reasonable opportunity; but it will of course rest with the House to decide. I am reluctant to agree to an adjournment, but should do so so rather than deprive honorable members of an opportunity to speak to the motion for the second reading. I trust that if the debate is adjourned now, honorable members will close it to-morrow night,

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