Since I am on my feet, though I do not intend to refer to- it, I may remind the supporters of the government that if we may judge by their conduct here during the present session, no one would imagine that they were brought here for the purpose of debate, but merely to sit in silence and vote everything through. We are charged with the responsibility of ascertaining whether any proposed expenditure is a proper one, and how it is being carried out, and therefore of necessity we have to occupy more of the attention of the House than hon. gentlemen opposite. But that was not what I rose to refer to. I wish to ask the Premier for the last time-since the government have failed, I think unwisely, to send some congratulations to the new Australian Commonwealth which has started on a career similar to our own-if they have found any trace of the Postmaster-General yet, or can tell us anything of his whereabouts, and whether they expect him to return during the present season ?
5961 * MAY 23, 1901 5962
Subtopic: DEBATES IN THE HOUSE.