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Wednesday, 5 October 1904

Mr HUTCHISON (Hindmarsh) - I must again protest against the dragging out of the debate on the no-confidence motion. I do not think that it should require any motion to induce the Government to sit until a later hour - I 'do not say all night- so that the debate may be finished within a reasonable time. If they are nol: prepared to take that course, I think that the House should meet at an earlier hour and sit longer, so as to get on with the business of the country.

Mr. WEBSTER(Gwydir).- I would ask the Prime Minister to at least expedite the decision on the no-confidence motion bv agreeing to the meeting of the House at half-past10 every morning, until the debate terminates. I am sure that every honorable member wishes to see the matter brought to a conclusion, whether the result is to be that we must go to the people, or whether we are to remain here. If we remain here, we should endeavour to get on with some of the business which our constituentshave elected us to perform. The debate has now continued for nearly three weeks, and there is every justification for appealing to the Prime Minister, in the interests of the economy of the time of the House, to allow longer sittings.

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