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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

That the House, at its rising, adjourn to Wednesday next, at 3 p.m.

The object of this motion is to give effect to the announcement I made last Wednesday. Unless some extraordinary development occurs, the arrangement I have in mind is that the House shall meet next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and in the following week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will then be a long week-end, if the business of the House has not been concluded. I ask honorable gentlemen to try to dispose of the business before the House in a reasonably expeditious way, without cramping essential discussion. The administrative problems of Ministers are very great. As honorable gentlemen will, I am sure, realize, it is also imperative that there shall be, not only consultations among Ministers, but also formal meetings of the War Cabinet and of the Advisory War Council. However necessary it is for the Parliament to debate matters that it thinks should be debated, it is imperative that the debate shall be limited to the necessities of the situation, leaving the administrative machine as little impaired as possible.

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