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Wednesday, 2 November 1927

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [3.50] . - Honorable senators in the course of their remarks have said that the Government is hurrying this measure through the Senate. Nothing of the sort is being done. All that I intend to do is to move the second reading of the bill, after which honorable senators will have ample opportunity to discuss it for any length of time they choose. I point out, however, that as the Commonwealth Bank Savings Bank Bill and the Housing Bill are correlated, it is essential that they should be submitted to the Senate together.

Senator Needham - But that is no reason for asking for the suspension of the Standing Orders.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.Probably not in the case of this bill, but the Standing Orders having been suspended toenable me to move the second reading of the Savings Bank Bill, it is essential that the second reading of the Housing Bill should also be moved to-day. Honorable senators are fully aware that the Government has no desire to prevent discussion, or to hurry these bills through the Senate.

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