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Thursday, 14 April 1904

Sir GEORGE TURNER (BalaclavaTreasurer) - I think that the honorable member for Bourke is to be congratulated, not only upon having brought forward the motion, but also upon having thoroughly investigated the subject, and endeavoured to place it clearly before us.

I agree with hint that this is a farreaching proposal. It is also one which I do not feel justified in asking the House to deal with until we have had opportunities for fuller discussion and consideration. So far as I am personally concerned, I am, to a considerable extent, in sympathy with the honorable member's views, but I feel that a Minister occupies a position different from that of a private member in dealing with such a subject, because he would -be responsible for afterwards giving effect to his views, and would have to bear the full burden of any mistake that might be made. I am making inquiries into the subject. I have the latest report from. New Zealand, and there are certain facts upon which I desire to obtain information, -with a view to placing it before the House. I also wish to consult with my colleagues upon this important subject. Under these circumstances, I do not think it is unreasonable to ask that the debate should be adjourned. There is not a very large amount of private members' business on the notice-paper, so that the honorable member for Bourke need not fear that he will be deprived of an opportunity to further deal with the motion later on. I move - the debate be now adjourned. Motion agreed to; debate adjourned.

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