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Wednesday, 24 June 1914

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - Surely the Government, who are so anxious to get to the country, are not going to adjourn the Senate nowI We have been put in the position of appearing to hold up business, and here we are asked to adjourn. The Government have on the notice-paper a Defence Bill, and we could well go on with its consideration. We might get on, too, with some of their promises to the farmers. There are other things which could be done if the Government would only press the business. We have come all the way over from Sydney. The Government might have sent an intimation to us if they did not intend to carry on any business to-day. We could have remained away had we been notified to that effect.

Senator Millen - If I thought that you would have remained away on an intimation, I guarantee that I would have sent it to you.

Senator GARDINER - We have come from Sydney only to find that the Government want to adjourn so that they may enjoy their offices a little longer.

I protest against these adjournments and express regret that the Government, from the day they took office, have never shown an earnest inclination to do real work. They are perfectly satisfied to fool the people outside by pretending to do work.

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