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Thursday, 16 April 1914


Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - I suppose we must take notice of coming . events, and an adjournment suchas this is what usually occurs about this time, but in fixing on the. 29th as the datefor re-assembling little consideration is shown for those senators who represent distant States, particularly those from Western Australia. I would suggest three weeks as a fair adjournment, and if the Minister will propose to adjourn for that period, I am prepared to second his motion. I would point out that it takes a week for Western Australian senators to return to their own State, and another week for them to get back to Melbourne, and if the adjournment is merely for a fortnight, they will be precluded from visiting their constituencies. In that respect their position is entirely different from that of senators representing other States.


Senator Rae - You have been away from your State for only about five minutes.


Senator LYNCH - Even five minutes is too long to be absent from a good thing. If we return here on the 29th inst., we may then find that there is no work for us to proceed with. In these circumstances, I would suggest to the Leader of the Senate the reasonableness of amending his motion so as to make the 6th May the date of our reassembling.







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