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Friday, 29 June 1906

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Whilst the remarks of the honorable member for Perth are very cogent as applied to the States, they cannot affect our dealing with the measure before us.

Mr Fowler - I merely thought this a proper opportunity to remind the people of the States of their dutv.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I quite understand that the honorable member availed himself of that opportunity. No doubt, there might and should be some reduction of gubernatorial expenditure in the States, as a consequence of the establishment of Federation. As regards some remarks which have been made, and especially by the honorable member for Kalgoorlie, as to the non-necessity for two Government Houses, I would point out that it is not altogether a question of necessity. It is a question of agreement and engagement. As the Minister has shown, prior to (the consummation of Federation, an agreement was come to that the first GovernorGeneral should have an establishment in Melbourne during the sessions of Parliament, and that in the recess he should reside in Sydney.

Mr Frazer - Would the honorable member say that this Parliament should, for all time, act on the suggestion of the Premiers responsible for that arrangement.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should not for a moment say that, but I do say that, we should be bound by that arrangement, and act upon it until the Federal Capital is established, and the- GovernorGeneral's permanent residence placed there,, and the sooner that is accomplished, the better I shall . be pleased. Amongst the papers dealing with this subject, there is a telegram which was sent to England, from the Premiers who weremet in Melbourne, at the time the delegation to the British Government from Australia were in England. That telegram is to the following effect : -

Majority agree to residence of GovernorGeneral in New South Wales during recess, but consider that he should visit other Colonies.

Mr Wilkinson - Was not that from Victoria only ?

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