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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) --1-! desire to take the somewhat unusual course of moving the suspension of the Standing Orders to permit of this Bill being dealt with forthwith. I do so because, owing to the fact that the progress made in the business by the Senate last week., was more rapid than we anticipated, unless the course I propose is followed, the only business we shall have to go on with will be the further consideration of the Navigation Bill. I understand that honorable senators would prefer to deal first of all with measures which it is intended shall be passed by both Houses of the Parliament before the close of the session. As it is not intended that the Navigation Bill passed in another place .this session, it will be sufficient if we occupy the time during which' we shall be waiting for business from another place in dealing with that measure. Honorable senators are, I think, very well aware of the purpose of the Shale Oils Bounties Bill, but I give an undertaking that if after I have made my speech in submitting the motion for the second reading any honorable senator desires that the debate shall be adjourned, there will be no objection to the adoption of that course. I hope that honorable senators will not ask for that without good reason. I move -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through its remaining stages without delay.

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