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Friday, 30 July 1920

Mr JOWETT (Grampians) .- Apparently honorable members who desire that the House should sit on an extra day in each week have no choice but to vote for or against the motion. There is a considerable body of opinion in the House in favour of making the Prime Minister's proposal more effective for the carrying on of business by sitting an extra day, and I would ask the Minister (Sir Joseph Cook), who is, for the time being, in charge of the House, if he is prepared to withdraw the motion at the present stage, and move on a subsequent occasion, not only that Government business shall take precedence of private members' business, but also that the House shall sit on Tuesdays for the remainder of the session. Otherwise many honorable members who desire to increase the means of getting on with business may feel compelled to vote against a motion which they consider is not sufficiently effective.

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