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Thursday, 23 June 1904

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) - I have hitherto refrained from speaking on this clause, because I desire that a division shall be reached at the earliest moment; but to-night we are accused by the acting leader of the Opposition of having attempted to block the Bill.


Mr HUTCHISON - Yesterday honorable members on this side of the House spoke for r hour and 12 minutes on this clause, as against .3 hours and 52 minutes occupied by honorable members opposite.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the honorable member including in his calculation the time occupied yesterday on the motions for the formal adjournment of the House ?

Mr HUTCHISON - I am taking the time actually devoted to the consideration of this clause. If we allowed this discussion to continue until Tuesday we should probably find the' same state of affairs prevailing. I do not object to the speeches that have been made by honorable members opposite, but I certainly object to the accusation that we have been wasting time. Although I should like to reply to some of the points raised during this debate, I am prepared to promise to refrain from speaking to-morrow, if bv so doing the consideration of this clause will be facilitated.

Mr. CROUCH(Corio). - I understand that the Prime Minister has made some arrangement with the honorable member for North Sydney, and I wish to withdraw my motion, more especially as I am led to believe that the honorable member for Hume desires to start on his inspection- of Tumberumba to-morrow, and those who once see that site are sure to vote against it.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

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