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Friday, 30 April 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - The manner in which we are conducting business inthisChamber has become perfectly ridiculous. Early this afternoon we had one exhibition of it, and this motion affords us another. The Senate should have business to occupy its attention. Last Friday we adjourned till3 yesterday, and when we reassembled certain measures were brought before us, and we were assured that the passing of them was a matter of such urgency that we were prevented from giving them adequate consideration. I suppose that this sort of tiling will be continued until an effective protest is made against it. Whilst we have been rushing through these measures this afternoon, after a most perfunctory debate, the sitting of the other Chamber has been suspended. Yet we know that there is a glut of business in that Chamber. I suppose that when the Estimates reach us we shall be again asked to rush them through. The same reasons will then be urged why honorable senators should not exhaustively criticise them, as has been urged to-day. Is this a proper way in which to conduct our business? We are rushing measures through just as if they were passing through a sausage machine. A change should be made in the treatment to which the Senate has been subjected during the last few weeks. If we do not protest we shall have no improvement. The time is approaching when the Senate should demand to be supplied in good time with a fair share of the business to be dealt with, and not be called upon to rush it through at each week-end or at the end of the session.

Senator Blakey - We shall get our share when the Tariff reaches us.

Senator DE LARGIE -The Tariff has not yet been touched by another place. When it does reach the Senate, I suppose we shall have advanced the same old reasons for allowing the sausage machine to do what it has been doing of late.

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