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Friday, 3 August 1906

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I should like to point out that a number of honorable members left the House on the clear understanding that this Bill would not be taken to-day beyond the second-reading stage.

Sir William Lyne - I do not wish to proceed further this afternoon.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is most unfair to proceed with the consideration of these clauses and try to press them to a division.

Sir William Lyne - We do not desire to do so.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understand that the Government are awaiting a message from the Senate in regard to the contract for the mail service to Europe, which apparently is being mildly " stone-walled." The consideration of the Budget proposals might well be postponed until Wednesday, which would give us more time to consider them, while this measure could be disposed of on Tuesday.

Progress reported.

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