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Tuesday, 24 May 1904


Mr McDONALD (Kennedy) - I would certainly . emphasize what has been said by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports. There appears to be a deliberate -attempt to waste time, and I trust that the Prime Minister will, impress on the House the desirableness of bringing the debate on the Government proposals to a. close to-morrow night. It seems to me that the present state of affairs in this House is not iri keeping with its dignty. The leader of the Opposition has threatened to move a want of confidence motion. Why has he not the courage to carry out that threat, instead of allowing the straggling debate on the Government proposals to. continue ?. Tha position that has been taken "up by the leader of the Opposition is bringing' Federal politics into contempt. I hope that we shall make some effort to' conclude the debate to-morrow night, even if ye have to resort to an allnight sitting.

Mr. SYDNEYSMITH (Macquarie).I am surprised to hear my honorable friend asserting that the time of the House is being wasted. All the speeches that have been made in the debate upon the Government proposals have not come from this side of the House. We have had to-day speeches from the honorable member for Grey, the honorable member for Gwydir, and the honorable member for Hindmarsh, all of them of considerable length, but no one has taken, exception to them. We have had about an equal number of speakers from both sides of the House, and I fail to see, therefore, that there is any room for complaint. I have heard my honorable friend, the honorable member for Melbourne Ports, speak at length on more than ons question, and I hope that we shall not hear any further complaint from him.







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