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Wednesday, 16 December 1914


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I wish to say, in reply to Senator Mullan, that I personally did understand that some arrangement had been made by which the session was to have terminated to-night. Unfortunately, on occasions like the present, Governments are often the victims of circumstances. If honorable senators assert their right to speak the Government cannot prevent them from doing so.


Senator Mullan - I am not blaming the Government.


Senator PEARCE - If, in the House of Representatives, honorable members assert their right to speak, it is obvious that they will take twice as long to pass a Bill as the Senate will take, because they have twice the number of members. The delay is not the fault of the Senate. We have dealt expeditiously with all the Bills that have come before us, but unfortunately the other House has not been able to keep pace with us. I regret it, because I know that honorable senators wish to get away. All I can say is that anything that can be done to expedite the business to-morrow, in order that honorable senators may get away, will be done. I cannot say anything more. Everything depends on the way in which business comes forward to the Senate from another place.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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