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Tuesday, 2 August 1904

Mr BATCHELOR (Boothby) (Minister of Home Affairs) . - There is a certain amount of monotony about these proceedings. It has begun to be the regular custom now for the honorable member for Macquarie, the honorable member for EdenMonaro, or the honorable member for Hume to ask that some information shall be. given, and for the other two honorable members to immediately get up and protest.


Mr BATCHELOR - Sometimes we have a request from two of those honorable members, with a protest from the third, and on other occasions the request is by one and the protest by the other two.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable ' gentleman cannot say that I have objected to the fullest information being given.

Mr BATCHELOR - The Government are prepared to give every possible information. I am sure that no honorable member can find fault with what they have done in this matter. They are willing that every information shall be given that can be given without delaying the progress of the Bill. We do not intend that there shall be delay, but anv information which may be obtained in the meantime will be laid before honorable members, in accordance with what I conceive to be only the duty of the Government. I do not know whether the honorable member for Eden-Monaro is quite serious in the request he made just now for information. I think that he knows as well as any of us - indeed, I think it has been stated on the floor of the House - that Mr. Wade was here at the request, I understand, of the honorable member for Macquarie.


Mr BATCHELOR - And that Mr. Wade was sent here by the New South Wales Government.

Mr Austin Chapman - But not at the request of the Commonwealth.

Mr BATCHELOR - Mr. Wade was not here at the request of the Commonwealth Government, but, as . he was here, it seemed to us that, if he were in possession of more information than we had previously received as to the water supply at Lyndhurst, it was only proper that that information should be furnished, seeing that, under the circumstances, it could be obtained' so easily and without expense.

As to the report of Mr. Chesterman, that has been read this afternoon, showing the additional details.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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