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Friday, 28 October 1904


Mr SPEAKER - I would point out to the honorable member that it is not necessary to ask the permission of the House to move a motion of this kind. Under the Standing Orders Ministers may at any time move such a motion, and, therefore, I did not ask honorable members to grant leave..


Mr Mcdonald -I do not wish, to prevent other honorable members from attending the races if they so desire - in fact, I have no power to prevent them! On the other hand, I think that we should meet here and transact business in the usual way, on the understanding, of course, that we should not do anything that would place honorable members who are absent at a disadvantage. I object to our meeting on Tuesday evening, because I do not think that business would be facilitated by adopting that course. I move -

That the motion be amended by the omission of the words "half-past 10 a.m.," with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " the usual hour."







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