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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr CURTIN - I should be very glad to be able to mention a date, which might be regarded as reliable, upon which the House would rise for the next short recess. I appreciate the difficulties of honorable members -who represent constituencies in Tasmania, Western Australia, and parts of Queensland. Transport for them is a vastly different matter from what. it. is for honorable members who come from Melbourne or Sydney, and it is also vastly different now from what it used to be, [ agree that Parliament should meet frequently, with short periods of recess, and that honorable members from distant States should know with some definiteness the date upon which Parliament will rise so that they may make their travelling arrangements. I shall be glad, when some progress has been made in our legislative programme, to fix a date for the rising of the House.

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