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Thursday, 24 June 1915

Mr J H CATTS (Cook) .- Mr. Speaker-

Mr Fisher - The Leader of the Opposition is ready to resume the debate on the Constitution Alteration (Trade and Commerce) Bill, which is the next Order of the Day.

Mr J H CATTS - I understand that I have the call, and am entitled to speak on the Order of the Day now before the House. If it is desired that the Leader of the Opposition shall be given an opportunity now to resume the debate on the motion for the second reading of the Constitution Alteration (Trade and Commerce) Bill-

Mr Fisher - Hear, hear !

Mr J H CATTS - And that at the close of his speech we shall return to the Order of the Day, " That the Speaker do now leave the chair," I shall offer no objection. I do not wish to deprive the Leader of the Opposition of the present opportunity to speak if any arrangement to that effect has been made with the Government. But it is not often that private members have an opportunity to bring forward matters of urgency, and as I have a matter of pressing importance with which to deal, I do not feel disposed to give way. If there is any desire to make an arrangement, I am prepared to give way for the time, and meet the wishes of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Joseph Cook - You had better go on with your speech.

Mr J H CATTS - Well, the Leader of the Opposition now says that he does not mind whether-

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