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Thursday, 16 August 1906

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs.) . - I wish to mention that, to enable Cooma to be reached at a convenient hour, a special train will leave town to-morrow at 1.30 p.m. for the convenience of honorable members who intend to visit the Dalgety and Lake George sites. The following telegram was received tonight by the Prime Minister from the Premier of New South Wales : -

Number legislators unable visit Canberra site last week have expressed desire do so Monday next in lieu going Lake George ; arrangements for this being made.

This is the first intimation which we have received that any honorable member desires to visit Canberra in lieu of Lake George, and have, therefore, replied that, as. honorable members have accepted the invitation to visit Lake George, it is presumed the telegram is a suggestion that they will have the option of going next Monday to either Canberra or Lake George. A number of honorable members have already visited Canberra, and I had no idea that any member desired to go to that place on this trip. The Premier of New South Wales may give honorable members the option of going to Canberra instead of Lake George, but the telegram suggests that the trip to Canberra is to be made in lieu of the proposed visit to Lake George.

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