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Friday, 30 July 1920

Mr NICHOLLS (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I move, by way of amendment -

That all the words after " That " be left out, with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the following: -

On each sitting day save one, unless otherwise ordered, Government business shall take precedence of general business, and that there shall be an additional sitting day on Tuesday of each week.

I feel certain that the amendment will be acceptable to honorable members generally. An extra sitting day is urgently necessary, in order that this House shall adequately carry out its legislative activities. Wednesday in each week is practically gonebefore the House meeets, while our Friday sittings occupy only a small portion of the day. Honorable members resident in the more distant States are compelled to remain in Victoria over each week-end, until the prorogation; whereas those representing electorates in the nearer States, as well as in Victoria itself, of course, are generally able to return to their homes for the week-ends. The position is neither fair nor consistent.

Mr Jowett - I second the amendment.

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