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Thursday, 13 October 1955


Sir ERIC HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honor; able member has me at a considerable disadvantage, because I cannot remember when we last had an all-night sitting. Indeed, very rarely have we sat after midnight since I have been leader of this House. I suppose that has occurred on no more than about four or five occasions. I do not think we have sat into the small hours of the morning more than once or twice since I became leader of the House. Therefore, I am at a loss to understand what the honorable member is complaining about, although I might say that I completely agree with him that we should not sit in the early hours of the morning. I do not think we can have a worthwhile debate when honorable members are tired. If the honorable member wants the House to sit for an extra week, I remind him that it is not long since 1 was asked to eliminate the Friday sittings. I cannot understand the object of the question or what I am expected to say in reply to it. The facts speak for themselves.







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