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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I have only to say in defence that we have practically held a sitting to-day to get a formal stage of the War Precautions Bill in order to enable its consideration to be proceeded with to-morrow. That is the difficulty.

Senator Millen - The Minister knows that there is no difficulty about that, because he can get that Bill put through all its stages at one sitting so far as any one on this side is concerned.

Senator PEARCE - I think it would have been hardly fair to ask that the Bill should be allowed to go through all its stages in one day. The sitting of the Senate to-day has given me an opportunity to get the Bill distributed, and secured to honorable senators a day in which to look it over. I regret as much as anybody does that we have to take this course.

Senator Millen - There is no reason why the debate on the Ministerial statement could not have been continued.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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