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Wednesday, 13 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) -Iwish to throw out a suggestion for the consideration of yourself, Mr. President, of the Government, and of the officials of the Senate. Whenever it is necessary for the Government to move this motion for the suspension of Standing Orders, we are confronted with the possibility of having to deal with amendments received from, the other House, of which we have had no previous knowledge. The decision at which the other House arrived, however, must be known some time on the previous evening.

Senator Keating - This is an amendment suggested by the Governor-General.

Senator MILLEN - My suggestion still stands good. Seeing that we shall have to work under extraordinary circumstances during the present week, I ask the Government to consider whether it is not possible to take steps to furnish honorable senators, who receive every morning by post copies of the notice-paper and other official documents, with information in regard to amendments which we are likely to have to consider during the course of the day.

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