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Wednesday, 23 June 1915

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) (Prime Minister -and Treasurer) . - I wish, by leave, to make a statement as to the course we intend to pursue.

Leave granted.

Mr FISHER - The Leader of the Opposition asked me whether we would be prepared to consent to an adjournment, and I replied that we would do so as soon as we had been granted Supply in respect of . the first month of the new financial year. We have only Supply covering the period ending 30th instant. These are times of large expenditures, and we propose, therefore, to ask the House to pass to-day a Bill providing for three months' Supply on the basis . of this year's Estimates, and not introducing any new principle.

Mr Joseph Cook - Make it one month's Supply.

Mr Groom - We granted . two months' Supply on a previous occasion.

Mr FISHER - I am prepared to ask for only two months' . Supply, although it is not usual in war time.

Mr Joseph Cook - Very well; take the Bill on the basis of two -months' Supply. I think the Government are doing what they like with 'us in these days.

Mr FISHER - Not at all. I agreed with the Leader of the Opposition that we would take no other business to-day after the . Supply Bill had been passed; but I should like to suggest to him the advisableness of dealing this -evening with the Lighthouses Bill, which is to come into operation on 4th July.

Mr Joseph Cook - No.

Mr FISHER - Very well, I shall not press for its consideration.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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