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Wednesday, 8 November 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - I have heard the statement just made by the Minister of Defence. I do not know whether it is usual that one or two honorable senators should be consulted about an adjournment of the Senate. I heard nothing about it this afternoon, and was not aware that it was proposed that the Senate should adjourn at half-past 6 o'clock. I should like to know why the adjournment is proposed.

Senator Story - The honorable senator should blame his leader.

Senator SAYERS - I do not blame any one. My leader did not consult me, nor did I consult him in the matter. I might remind honorable senators opposite that on previous occasions, when an adjournment of the kind has been asked for, they have very strongly opposed it.

Senator Vardon - We all want to " trip the light fantastic toe."

Senator SAYERS - Are we to adjourn for a ball ? Is it for such a reason that the Government propose to suspend the business of the country ? If the matter has already been arranged it is of course useless for me to say anything, and I content myself with entering my protest against the adjournment.

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