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Wednesday, 27 July 1904

Mr BATCHELOR (Boothby) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - It will, perhaps, be most convenient to the Committee to enter upon a consideration of the relative merits of the several sites on this clause. I am not an advocate of any particular site, and, therefore, do not propose to open the discussion by dilating on the advantages of any one of them.

Mr Crouch - Will a vote be taken tonight ?

Mr BATCHELOR - I "would draw the honorable and learned member's attention ro the resolution that has just been carried, which provides that the House shall, at its next sitting proceed to determine the question.

Mr Crouch - Mr. Speaker holds that that resolution need not be taken into consideration by the Committee.

Mr BATCHELOR - We are not discussing the technical position; but I suggest that we should proceed at once to the discussion of the merits of the several sites. Some honorable members may not feel disposed, at this hour, to enter upon, a lengthy address, but we have to arrive at a decision, and the sooner we proceed with the general debate, the sooner shall we come to a determination.

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