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Wednesday, 11 July 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - I should have been happy, under othercircumstances, to consent to grant Government time to the honorable member for Echuca for the discussion of his motion. But it so happens that other honorable members who have business upon thepaper for to-morrow made exactly the same request, and, of course, it is not possible to discriminate. I understand that the honorable member for Echuca simply desires to divide upon the question. If I could accept that as an expression also of the desire of other honorable members, we might take a vote upon the motion to-morrow ; but, as a matter of fact, one honorable member has informed me that he, at all events, proposes to discuss the motion, and I understand that others also wish to do so. Under the circumstances, we have not' Government time to spare for the discussion of the subject. I very much regret that Mr. Speaker and the officers of the House will be brought here to-morrow at half-past two.

Mr.McW ill lams. - If the Prime Minister cannot spare Government time, he cannot spare private members' time.

Mr DEAKIN - I have not spared pri vate members' time. Private members, with one exception, have generously giver up their own time. I should be prepared, if I had an opportunity, to move that the House, at its rising, adjourn until tomorrow at 7.30 p.m. ; but understand that it cannot be done.

Mr SPEAKER - If the Prime Minister desires to move a motion to that effect he does not require to obtain leave, because a motion fixing the time when the House will meet can be moved at any time. It will, however, first be necessary to withdraw the motion for the adjournment of the House.

Mr DEAKIN - If that be so, I ask leave to withdraw the morion.

Motion,by leave, withdrawn.

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