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Friday, 25 November 1938

Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- 1 intend to refer to a matter of more moment than the alteration of the hours for meals - the days of sitting. I. speak on behalf of honorable members who como, from the distant States. Arrangements for days of sitting are made almost wholly in the interests of honorable members representing constituencies in Victoria and New South Wales. Instead of the House sitting from Tuesday till Friday, thus affording ample time for the discussion of all matters, for the greater part of sessions the House sits on Wednesday and rises on Friday. Honorable members from Victoria and New South Wales generally arrive in Canberra as late as they possibly can on Wednesdays and leave at the earliest possible hour on Fridays. They seem anxious to get away from Canberra. To a great degree, the House is dependent on honorable members from the distant States to maintain a quorum. They are generally in their places, whereas other honorable members are frequently absent. The Government should consider the advantages of Parliament meeting from the outset on four days a week. That would enable members from the distant States to return to their homes sooner than they can in the existing circumstances.

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