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Friday, 29 July 1904

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) - I understood that there was no intention to go to a division on the clause to-day. Many honorable members who wish to speak have gone away with that understanding. I shall occupy more than the half-an-hour that is left to us, and, if possible, I should prefer not to speak to-day. I am aware that the honorable member for Grampians is also very anxious to speak before any decision is come to. I hope the Government will not allow the clause to go to a division when there is such a small attendance of honorable members.

Mr Batchelor - It is not proposed now to ballot for particular. sites.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - If we pass clause 2 there will be no necessity for a ballot. It would be altogether against the general understanding to go to a division on this clause to-day. I know that requests have , been made that there should be twenty-four hours' notice given before a division is taken. We might as well adjourn now. I do not wish to commence a speech to-day, and finish on Tuesday. I should prefer to say all I have to say on the same day. The honorable member for Gwydir has made a most eloquent speech, and one which has been unequalled in this debate, and other honorable members are not inclined to proceed to-day.

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