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Wednesday, 25 September 1907
Page: 3791

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I wish to ask the Acting Prime Minister what is the intention of the Government in regard to this Bill?

Sir William Lyne - We propose to pass it to-night.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the statement of the Acting Prime Minister, 1 wish to say that, although three speeches upon the Bill have been delivered by honorable members upon this side of the House, no honorable member upon the opposite side has deemed it necessary to say a word. The speeches which have been ' made have merely touched the fringe of the subject, but they have been sufficient to show the grave and far-reaching character of the measure now under consideration. I think it is most unreasonable to begin to apply methods of brute force to a Judiciary Bill. I shall not be a party to the application of such methods to measures of far-reaching importance and of a nonparty character. We should address ourselves to their consideration when our faculties are most alert - not when members are in the tired and jaded condition in which they are now. For these reasons I shall decline to discuss the Bill at all. T shall do - as the honorable member for Flinders has suggested - throw the entire responsibility upon the Government, and allow them to take their own course.

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