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Tuesday, 14 June 1904

Mr KELLY (Wentworth) - I also should like to have an assurance from the Prime Minister before the House adjourns, that the Seat of Government Bill will be brought before the House in a very short time. I agree with the Prime Minister that his Government cannot be held responsible for the delay that has occurred. But there is certainly a great deal of irritation in New South' Wales. It was a burning question at the last election, and if the people see any sign whatever of delay in now bringing it to a head, I believe that the discontent will become far more bitter. Without indulging in anv extravagant language, I am sure that the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth will deeplv regret that there should be such a feeling existing in New South Wales as there is at present.

Mr Frazer - Has the feeling been worse since the Bill was dealt with in the Senate ?

Mr KELLY - I do not think that it has been allayed by fixing the large area which is demanded by the Government. But that is not the question. For the time being I would like to get an assurance from the Prime Minister that the Seat of Government Bill will be proceeded with here as soon as possible.

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