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Wednesday, 14 September 1904

The CHAIRMAN - The question is whether the clause shall be postponed, and the Prime Minister has agreed to its postponement.

Mr McDONALD - I desire to obtain from the Prime Minister the assurance that the clauses dealing with the Executive Council will be recommitted, since they- were rushed through at such a rate that no one could follow what was being. done. The honorable member for Moira is to be congratulated for giving us an opportunity to think about what we are doing. In my opinion, those who are engaged in developing New Guinea should be represented on the Executive Council, and, I think, therefore, that the method of appointing that Council should be altered. Will the Prime Minister give an opportunity for the recommittal of the clauses to which I refer?

Mr Reid - Certainly.

Mr MCDONALD - Will he agree to the recommittal of clauses 2 1 and 22?

Mr Reid - Certainly.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 24 and 25 agreed to.

Clause 26 -

The Lieutenant-Governor only shall be entitled to submit questions to the Executive Council for advice or decision ; but if the LieutenantGovernor declines to submit any question to the Council when requested in writing by any member so to do, that member may require that his written request, together with the answer of the Lieutenant-Governor thereto, be recorded on the minutes.

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