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Thursday, 16 November 1911


Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

In submitting this motion, I desire to make a statement, since honorable senators will recognise that at 4 o'clock on Friday there may be no opportunity' to do so. I wish to ask honorable senator's if they think that, ' up to last night, really satisfactory or reasonable progress had been made with the business of the Senate?. If they do, I fear that they lack discrimination. The work now before the Senate cannot be got through unless honorable senators come down really to business, and are prepared to waste less time. I do not say that time has been deliberately wasted, but I askthat in future every effort shall be made to do business expeditiously. Next week it may be necessary to give notice that after next Thursday there will be no further opportunity afforded for the consideration of private members' business. After that, Government business will take precedence after dinner on Thursday, as well as on other days. It rests with honorable senators themselves as to whether we shall be compelled to sit four or five days in the week, and also as to whether all-night sittings will have to be indulged in.


Senator Chataway - Not " indulged in " - suffered.


Senator McGREGOR - I should like to see them abolished, if any other method of inducing honorable senators to do their work could be invented. I do not like late sittings, and I am sure that other honorable senators have no great desire to sit here all night and go home with the milk in the morning. I ask them to come to-morrow, and next week, prepared to work as expeditiously as they can, in order that it may not be necessary for. us to impose these incon- . veniences upon ourselves.







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