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Thursday, 16 April 1914

Senator LONG (Tasmania) .- I desire to support the request of Senator Lynch for a three weeks' adjournment, in lieu of a fortnight, in order that Queensland and Western Australian senators may have the same opportunity that is enjoyed by Tasmanian and South Australian senators of returning to their homes. We know that a certain motion has been submitted in another place, and I venture to say that it will take the Leader of the Opposition and his party there quite three weeks to say all that they have to say of the Government and their works. Even then they will have omitted a great deal which ought to be said. Seeing that it is proposed that the Senate should adjourn for a fortnight, we might as well go the whole hog and extend reasonable consideration to the representatives of distant States in this Chamber. The Minister will be well advised if he accedes to the request of Senator Lynch.

Senator Lynch - The Senate will grant him leave to amend his motion.

Senator LONG - There is no doubt about that. But the honorable gentleman appears to be troubled with that little bit of irritableness which often characterizes his conduct of business here. I do hope that he will grant the request which has been preferred by Senator Lynch.

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