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Tuesday, 17 July 1906

The PRESIDENT - Let them bring that on

Mr. Bent.Shall we suggest that course?

The PRESIDENT - You can suggest it, but we shall get into deep water when once we suggest amendments in the Constitution.

At a later stage Mr. Carruthers further stated-

To suggest an amendment would put ourselves in a false position. I think the general feeling in New South Wales is against a bush capital. If the Federal Parliament can gather that that feeling exists, it should at once take the matter in hand and propose an amendment of the Constitution to get the question settled.

I should like to know whether the Prime Minister will give consideration to the suggestion made by Mr. Carruthers, with a view to submitting to Parliament a resolution in the direction of referring the question of the revision of the Constitution to the electors.

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