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AFTTIRNOfON ?E~R TON. The Speaker resumed the chair at 2 p.m. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. The Prime Mini??er movrl that lenve of abhsence he ,ranted to members until Parliament re-asso~mhled. This was ag?reed to. The Prime M?lntter moved that the Rouse at its rt'ine nadourn until sum moned by the SpAnker. This was arrmed to. TIPFRTAT. Cfl" ERTtNE E AGFENTA The Tmperial f onferonre aeenda wne adopted., and the paper ordered to be printed. TISTORT1CAL PATNTTNGS. The dehate was resumed on a motion by Mr. Bowrlen that the library commit. tee report recommendinr the purchaso of the Hardy Wilson collection of palnt Inrs, etc., of historical buildingsl be ap proved. Mr. Hughes warmly supported the motion. The Trensurer said that the Govern ment objected to establish the precedent that Gallery purchases should as In this and a previous collection of floral paitnincs (Mrs. RP?vnns) consist of a lor'e series of works. It was also felt that.for some years to come the capi tal cities would he more sllitanhle rest ing ninees than Canberra for collections of this kind. Messrs. Brenfnn. Watt. Johnson. and Blnkeley supported the motion. The Prime Minister seld that. In view of the reneral expression of opin ion on this snuhect. the Government would take p4 tion to acouire the col letlion. and the motion was nereed to. POPOCETT FPlTTT' tONFP.Fr N(E. The Minister for Mnrkets stated that he proposed to ask nonlp crnwnsr to meet In conferonce in MeTlhournee In Son temher to dis?crss the best methods of marketing fruit. ADJTOUTRNMENT. *The Prime Minister. movaing the ad Journment. expressed his thnnks to the speaker. chairman of committees, and oficers of Parianment. Mr. Charlton endorsed Mr. Bruce's re marks. After a number of erievances had hpbn ventilnted and promised attention by Ministers. the House ndjoturned at 3.55 p.m. until a date to be announced by the Speaker.