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Friday, 27 March 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

That the House, at its rising, adjourn to Wednesday, the 29th April, at 3 p.m., unless Mr. Speaker shall, by telegram addressed to each member of the House, fix anearlier date of meeting.

As only three weeks have elapsed since the House last adjourned, the Government has not been able to prepare any legislation for consideration at these sittings, but it will have a legislative programme ready when Parliament reassembles on the 29th April.

Mr Hughes - D. V.

Mr CURTIN - In view of all that we have heard, I think that we can rely confidently, not only upon this Parliament, but also upon the citizens of this country, being able to carry on the affairs of the nation on the 29th April. With that strongly in mind, I desire the Government to have time to prepare a legislative programme for presentation to Parliament. In the meantime, there are tremendously important administrative tasks to be done, and what I said in my statement on the war situation will be adhered to by the Government. Probably the next sittings will last longer than one week; they may take three weeks. It was intended that Parliament should meet at least one week in each month, but I ask honorable members to accept the new arrangement, and to make their plans accordingly.

Mr Brennan - It seems to be a long adjournment.

Mr CURTIN - The motion whichI have just moved provides that Mr. Speaker may fix an earlier date of meeting should that be necessary. The intention is that the Government should have sufficient time to formulate its legislative programme. The adjournment period, of course, includes Easter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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