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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I desire, byleave, to move a motion with reference to our sitting on Thursday next. Honorable members have received an invitation for Thursday afternoon. It will, of course, rest with them whether they accept it or not. Doubtless there will be sufficient honorable members to continue the business of the House on Thursday, but to provide against accident, I desire to move that the House shall sit at half-past seven as well as at the usual hour. The result will be that if through any misadventure we should lack a quorum at anytime on Thursday afternoon, Government business will come on as usual at half -past seven. Under the special circumstances, I hope that leave will be given to me to move that motion.

Leave given.

Motion (bv Mr. Deakin) proposed -

That the House, on Thursday next, sit at half-past seven, as well as at half-past two o'clock.

Mr Conroy - Does that mean that Thursday wil 1 count as two sitting days ?

Mr Deakin - No. It simply means that Government business will be taken at the usual time if there has been no count out.

Mr Conroy - So that there will not be five sittings in one week?

Mr Deakin - Not in that case.

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