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Thursday, 16 June 1904

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - I thought that to-day we should have had a pronouncement by a member of the Government in respect to this question. In the last Parliament, it will be recollected that a resolution, similar to that which is now under consideration, was carried, though only by a small majority. Some time prior to that a Committee of Parliament was appointed to investigate the matter of the proposed reform of our coinage. That body devoted considerable time to its work, and eventually . submitted a report to the House. The report was adopted on a resolution which was carried some twelve months ago. I do not know whether, in Federal politics, we are to follow the practice which is common enough in Victorian politics - and perhaps in those of some of the other States - of receiving reports, adopting them by considerable majorities, carefully pigeon-holing them, and afterwards forgetting all about them.

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