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Tuesday, 31 May 1904

Mr WATSON (Bland) (Treasurer) .- In moving -

That the House do now adjourn,

I desire to intimate that I am hopeful that a division will be taken later to-mOTrow on the amendment which I have moved on the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill. T quite sympathize with the view put forward by the honorable and learned rnember for Darling Downs, that it is about time that the House settled down in some form or other to the discharge of public business. . The question of the inclusion, or non-inclusion of public servants in the provisions of the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill has been before honorable members for a considerable period on several occasions, and it is only reasonable that the public should expect a determination in regard to it at an early date. I trust, therefore, that the Government will receive the assistance of all sections of the House in its desire to reach a division to-morrow, so that we may get on with the consideration of other portions of the Bill.

Mr. G.B. EDWARDS (South Sydney).I wish to ask the Prime Minister whether he will consider, prior to the resumption of the debate on the subject of Commonwealth coinage, the expediency of . laying on the table any correspondence that has passed between the late or the present Government and the Imperial authorities, or any persons in Great Britain, in regard to the coinage question generally. There may, of course, be some papers which it would not be altogether expedient to publish, but I should like him to consider to what extent-it is open to him to impart to the House such information as he has, prior to the resumption of the debate.

Mr. WATSON(Bland - Treasurer). - I shall look into the matter mentioned by the honorable member, and if there is nothing confidential I shall be glad to lay the papers on the table.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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