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Tuesday, 18 October 1904

Mr REID (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - I have not received any in formation upon the subject, and inasmuch as the Conference referred to by the honorable member is a proposition contingent upon a general election in the United Kingdom,, which is about two years distant, I do not feel called upon to make any inquiry into the subject until we approach somewhat . nearer the. period' indicated by the Prime Minister of the Imperial Government. At this stage, perhaps I may be allowed to mention with concurrence that the honorable member for Coolgardie had intended to move the adjournment of the House to-day for the purpose of discussing the question of the granting of preferences in the Postal Department :, but I have informed him that the Postmaster-General is absent from Melbourne, and will not be in attendance here until to-morrow. He has therefore very kindly consented to defer his motion until to-morrow, when the Minister in charge of the Department will be present.

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