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Wednesday, 13 April 1904

Mr MCDONALD (Kennedy) - It is extraordinary that honorable members, who have come back here after three weeks' vacation, should desire an adjournment of the debate at this hour. The debate should not be adjourned .because some honorable members, who are not present, desire .to speak. Some of us are so much interested in this measure that we are prepared to hold our tongues in order to facilitate its passing. When I asked for an adjournment some time ago, at half-past ten in the evening, objection was raised, and the adjournment was secured only after the intervention of the leader of the Opposition.

Mr Deakin - That was because it was represented that other members desired to speak " Mi. MCDONALD. - Now we find the Prime Minister ready to agree to an adjournment at half-past nine. Honorable members are merely playing with politics when they perform their parliamentary duties in such a perfunctory manner. When they are paid -^400 per annum they should be here to attend to public business.

Motion negatived.

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