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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) . - I move-

That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Thursday next.

Senator de Largie - Why not Friday afternoon, at 3 o'clock?

Senator PEARCE - At 3 o'clock?

Senator de Largie - Yes; why not sit only for an hour and a half? Why sit at all ?

Senator PEARCE - If the honorable senator will give me the precise date upon which the House of Representatives will pass the Estimates-

Senator Guthrie - What have we todo with that?

Senator PEARCE - We have a lot to do with it.

Senator Needham - Is there any other legislation with which we can proceed ?

Senator PEARCE - No. I am hopeful that the other branch of the Legislature will take up the Estimates on Wednesday next, and pass them at that sitting. Any influence that I can exert in that direction will be so exerted. My object in moving that the Senate adjourn until Thursday next is that when we meet again it is intended that the Vice-President of the Executive Council shall move the second reading; of the Insurance Bill. Then I hope that we shall ; be in a position to adjourn the Senate -after we have dealt with the Estimates - until such time as the other Chamber has passed the Tariff.

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