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Tuesday, 18 October 1904

Mr ISAACS (INDI, VICTORIA) - In asking the Prime

Minister, upon notice -

Whether, in view of the urgency and national importance of the question, the Government will afford this' House an early opportunity of discussing and deciding the motion for the appointment of a Royal Commission upon the working of the Tariff, of which notice in the name of Mr. Isaacs now stands' upon the notice-paper,

I should like, by permission of the House, to say by way of explanation that I desire to remove any misconception, should it exist, in the 'mind of the right honorable gentleman as to the question I put to him the other night. I know that on that occasion the Chamber was charged with a sort of electricity. 'After the House had risen I saw the Prime Minister, and told him that I quite understood why he had overlooked the question, and that I intended to ask it on the' following day. My colleagues and I, however, thought it would be proper to place the question on the noticepaper, and allow the Government time to give further consideration to it, so- that they might give such an answer as the merits of the matter deserve. I think that the right honorable gentleman might consider that, whatever the respective views of honorable members on both sides of the House may be as to the matter itself, it is only fair that the House should be afforded an opportunity to decide it as- it thinks best

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