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Thursday, 2 August 1906
Page: 2274

Mr REID (East Sydney) . - Before the resolutions are put, I should like you, sir, to consider the point that no proposal has been made to defer discussion upon the first resolution. Is it strictly in order to submit separate resolutions?

Mr Deakin - One proposal relates to Customs duties, and the other to Excise duties.

Mr REID - I am quite aware of that. All I desire is that our position shall be made perfectly clear. The ordinary practice is for the Treasurer to deliver his Budget speech, and then to submit a series of resolutions which are practically one resolution.

Sir William Lyne - In this Parliament two resolutions have always been submitted, one relating to Customs and the other to Excise duties.

Mr REID -But I doubt whether it is competent for the Minister to move a second resolution, seeing that the first resolution has neither been postponed nor rejected nor adopted. It is merely a question of procedure which I desire to have settled. I hope that there will be no difficulty created, because I do not wish to make any trouble.

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