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Wednesday, 6 May 1914

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - After our three weeks' holiday, I think that the Senate might very well go on with business. I have several times! been sorry for moving the amendment e-? tending the period of adjournment from two weeks; and, as I do not wish - to plunge ' more deeply into the mire, I am anxious that we should proceed. There is a great quantity of business to be dealt with, not only by the House of Representatives, but by the Senate. It is considered probable that in the near future there may be an election. If that is the case, it is extremely desirable that we should have an opportunity of saying something with regard to the course of public business, just as well as the members of the other House. There are several matters which I wish to discuss, and I am sure that there are other honorable senators in a similar position. I have never seen any real substantial reason for hanging up the -business of the country while a vote of no-confidence is being discussed in another Chamber. I think it is a waste of time to put. things off in this fashion. We ought to proceed and do some business. I am sure that if the Government have no business to submit the Leader of the Opposition will be able to keep us going. In these circumstances I intend to vote against the motion.

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