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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Mr CHANTER (Riverina) - Honorable members know that I have taken a prominent part in connexion with one phase of the Electoral Bill. The honorable member for Wilmot was also very anxious to deal with the same phase; but, in view of the importance of the business before us, I asked him to desist, on the promise given byothe Prime Minister to afford every facility during next session to secure a final expression of opinion from the House. To-day the Senate returned the Bill to us, after having removed from it the provision inserted by this House in regard to counsel appearing at the High Court. I again desisted from offering any opposition!. I consider it desirable to mention that my reason for refraining from occupying time is due to nothing but the late period of the session. I did not desire to prevent the session from being closed, relying upon the assurance of the Prime Minister - which I know will be kept - that an opportunity will be afforded for the discussion of the question at the earliest possible moment next session.

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