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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr BROWN (Canobolas) - I strongly urge upon the Government that the Seat of Government Bill should be proceeded with as early as possible, in order that we may arrive at a decision on the proposal submitted to us. It is unfortunate that the matter has had to stand over till this late stage of the session. I know, as a matter of fact, that several honorable members left Melbourne this afternoon

Mr Watson - That is their own fault.

Mr BROWN - They do not expect to be back again during the remainder of the session, unless they are summoned in connexion with very important business. It is not giving fair treatment to this very important question if it is not dealt with in a full House. As the honorable member for Bland says, it is the fault of honorable members if they are away ; still many honorable members had made arrangements in anticipation that the session would have closed by this time. The longer the consideration of the Bill is delayed, the fewer honorable members will be present to attend to it, and the less time there will be.

Mr Mahon - What is the objection to postponing the Bill till next session?

Mr BROWN - At all events, it ought not to be kept dangling before the House in this way. I trust that we shall either enter upon the consideration of the subject seriously, or that it will be postponed till next session

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