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Friday, 30 September 1927

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - We were informed earlier in the sitting that the government business on the notice-paper for to-day was of such importance that a question of privilege could not be allowed to take precedence; but now, at 12.16 p.m., when it could be proceeded with,we are told by the Minister that it is to be adjourned until Wednesday next. I most earnestly protest against the Senate being treated in this way. If the business which the Government has to bring forward is so unimportant, the Senate should not have been asked to meet to-day. It is unfitting and unbecoming the dignity of theSenate that we should be treated in this way. If the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham) is not prepared to proceed with the debate on the budget. I, who have rights and privileges in common with other honorable senators, am quite willing to do so. Must the Senate stultify itself merely because one honorable senator docs not wish to speak. I am sure we all wish to pay our last tribute of respect to an officer of this Parliament, who has rendered valuable service to the Commonwealth; but the funeral is not until this afternoon. I again protest against the action of the Government, and unhesitatinglysay that it is not facilitating the conduct of public business by proceeding in this manner.

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