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Thursday, 19 May 1904


Mr WATSON (Bland) (Treasurer) .I may be permitted to say that I quite recognise that the right honorable member for East Sydney has a right to be heard on an occasion of this sort. If I did not immediately consent to the adjournment of the debate suggested, it was due to a feeling that the hour is somewhat early for the House to adjourn, and I thought other honorable members might be willing to continue the debate, and thus avoid taking up time at a later stage.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Would it be quite fair, in the circumstances, to expect honorable members to speak until the two leaders on this side have spoken? The circumstances are peculiar.


Mr WATSON - I quite admit that. Honorable members will determine for themselves whether, at this stage, they are justified in speaking. If no other honorable member desires to speak I consent to the adjournment of the debate.

Motion agreed to; debate adjourned.







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