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Friday, 11 December 1914

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - An adjournment over the Christmas holidays is quite a usual procedure. At the same time, I recognise the justice of Senator Gould's complaint in regard to postponing the consideration of the new Tariff. The position is that a great deal of hardship will be inflicted if we now consent to a long adjournment. We all know that many industries have been considerably upset by the war. A large portion of their raw material has hitherto been obtained from belligerent countries, and consequently many industries have been placed in a very difficult position. A new Tariff has just been introduced, the effect of which will unquestionably be to accentuate that difficulty. Because of the dislocation of industries we ought at the present juncture to take as short a vacation as possible. Personally, I would prefer to come back early in the new year. The industrial position in Australia is a very serious one, and if we do anything to accentuate it we shall be rightly blamed by the people. We ought not to consider our own convenience, but only the interests of the country. It seems to me that a long adjournment would be a fatal mistake.

Senator Shannon - What does the honorable senator consider long 1

Senator DE LARGIE - I should regard as long a recess which extended beyond the month of February.

Senator Millen - Is the honorable senator sincere ?

Senator DE LARGIE - I have always endeavoured to- be sincere in this Chamber. If we agree to reassemble in February that will permit us to enjoy an adjournment which will be quite long enough.

Senator Millen - The honorable senator knows that when we meet here next year we shall probably sit on till Christmas Eve.

Senator DE LARGIE - Even if that position eventuates I do not think it will be a calamity. We are expected to remain here all the year if public business warrants it.

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