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Tuesday, 31 May 1904

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) - A good many honorable members from the more distant States have been in attendance here for some considerable time, and, without desiring to unduly press the amendment to a division to-night, I certainly think that these honorable members should be shown some little consideration. I would not raise my voice in opposition to the request that progress be reported if I thought that by doing so I should block a' genuine discussion on the measure. But the matter was before us last session, and has been under our consideration for some time during the life of the present Parliament, and if it is possible to speedily conclude this debate and to proceed with other business, we shall gain more credit for ourselves, and create in the minds 'of the people more confidence in- our proceedings. It can be said to the credit of the Ministry that they apparently desire to expedite business. If there is any wish to challenge the Ministry, that, of course, is another matter ; but there is apparently a desire on the part of honorable members on all sides of the House that a Conciliation and Arbitration Bill shall be passed irrespective of what party is in power. I therefore think that we should come to a division on this question to-night, and deal with the measure as far as we can.

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