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Tuesday, 25 October 1904

Sir GEORGE TURNER (BalaclavaTreasurer) (Treasurer) - I move -

That there be granted to His Majesty a sum not exceeding£675,048 for or towards defraying the services of the year ending 30th June, 1905.

Unfortunately it is again necessary for me to ask for supply before an opportunity is presented to honorable members to fully discuss the Estimates. Upon this occasion I am asking honorable members to grant two months' supply, which will be sufficient to carry us over the current month, and next month, and until towards the middle of December, so far as ordinary payments are concerned. I hope that in the meantime the Estimates will have been passed, and the Appropriation Act dealt with. I trust that honorable members will reserve any comments they may have to make, until we are dealing with the general Estimates, in order that the honorable and learned member for Indi may have an early opportunity to take the action which he contemplates. I have been through the schedule of the Bill, and I can assure honorable members that it embraces no matter that may notbe fairly included.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Treasurer ask us to expedite business in order that the honorable and learned member for Indi may have an opportunity of moving his motion ?

Sir GEORGE TURNER - I desire to dispose of the matter as quickly as possible.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should not lift a finger to accommodate the honorable and learned member.

Sir GEORGE TURNER - I am anxious to send the Bill on to the Senate to-morrow, so that it may be passed in sufficient time to enable us to make all the necessary payments before the end of the month. We do not care to make payments upon a Saturday, if we can avoid it, because it is a most inconvenient day.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported and adopted.

Motion (by Sir George Turner) agreed to-

That the Standing Orders be suspended, in order to enable all steps to be taken to obtain supply, and to pass a Supply Bill through all its stages without delay.

In Committee of Ways and Means.

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