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Friday, 16 August 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the message of the House of Representatives returning the Defence Bill, with amendments, being considered forthwith, and all consequent action taken.

The schedule of amendments made by the other Chamber contains no new principle, and I will be pleased to give a full explanation upon each of them in Committee. As it is necessary that this Bill should be placed on the statute-book as soon as possible, I ask honorable senators to consent "to the motion.

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