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Tuesday, 19 July 1904

Mr FULLER (ILLAWARRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - When does the Prime Minister intend to proceed with the second reading of the Bill ?

Mr WATSON - Our ' proposal, as outlined last week, is, as soon as the first stage of the consideration of the Arbitration Bill in Committee has been disposed of, to commence the consideration of the Seat of Government Bill.

Mr Deakin - Does the honorable . gentleman mean as soon as the navigation clauses have been dealt with ?

Mr WATSON - When the new clauses proposed by the Government, those to be proposed by honorable members, and the schedules have been dealt with.

Mr Deakin - When everything except the recommittal of the Bill has taken place ?

Mr WATSON - Yes. I do not know yet whether we shall have time to dispose of the Seat of Government Bill this week; but I think that we should commence the secondreading stage. The honorable member for Corangamite has given notice of a contingent amendment which raises the question whether we should at the present time consider the matter at all, and that question will have to be disposed of before we can proceed to choose a site. The view of the Government is that, we should push on with the Bill as expeditiously as possible. I hope I shall be able to say not later than Wednesday whether we expect to be able to take a vote on the measure this week.

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