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Wednesday, 11 July 1906

Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) .- I am not satisfied with the attitude that theGovernment has adopted in connexion with this matter. I think that a proposal should have been submitted by the Prime Minister definitely, to put honorable members beyond doubt as to the time when the Housewill sit to-morrow. There appears to be a universal desire on the part of honorable members to have an opportunity to witness the despatch of the first message by wireless telegraphy in Australia. Although the desire of the House is practically unanimous, we find that the honorable member for Echuca steps in and says, " Because I have a proposal on the business-paper, I am not going to allow the unanimous wish of the House to be acceded to." But, as a matter of fact, when this proposal of the honorable member's was last before the House he was not in his place to go on with it. I believe that it was merely a political dodge on his part--

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member must not impute motives.

Mr FRAZER - I believe it was introduced for political party purposes - the Prime Minister secured the adjournment in the absence of the honorable member for Echuca. There was then every oppor- tunity for him to bring forward his motion. The Prime Minister was the only member who spoke with regard to it. But the honorable member, who now professes to be so anxious to have a vote upon the subject, when the opportunity was presented to him a fortnight ago, was not even in hisplace. He was, I suppose, attending to other political jobs - perhaps endeavouring to persuade the electors that the Prime Minister was trying to have the elections fixed on a day that would not suit the farmers. ft was only owing to the Prime Minister's courtesy that the motion did not lapse altogether; and it conies with exceedingly bad grace from the honorable member to turn round now and say, " I am going to thwart the wishes of the House to-morrow."

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