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Friday, 24 June 1904

Mr WATSON - I move-

That the Chairman do now leave the chair, report progress, and ask leave to sit again.

The Government regard the amendment that has just been carried as of very serious import indeed. . I feel that it cuts right into, the. heart of this . provision, and therefore it is only proper that the Government should, have an opportunity to consider how far it affects the general purpose of the measure, and how far they may ask honorable members to reconsider the decision just given.

Mr. REID(East Sydney).- I think the Prime Minister has taken an absolutely proper course. I consider that his view of the effect of the amendment is perfectly correct, and that he could take no other course.

Mr Higgins - Does the right honorable member mean that it destroys the effect of this part of the Bill?

Mr REID - I mean that the Prime Minister has taken a proper course. I do not say anything about how it affects the Bill.

Motion agreed to'; progress reported.

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