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Friday, 30 April 1915

The PRESIDENT - Order! I have allowed this discussion to proceed because

I thought that, perhaps, it might be convenient to honorable senators that any answers to questions which Ministers had available should be given before they separated for the week; but I point out that in our Sessional Orders it is provided that the question, " That the Senate do now adjourn," shall be put at 4 o'clock on each Friday, and put without debate. The Standing and Sessional Orders were suspended for a specific purpose to-day. That purpose has been accomplished, and it seems to me that it is entirely out of order to have a general discussion going on after 4 o'clock. I wish to announce that, while it is allowed on this occasion, in future it will not be permitted while I have the honour to occupy the chair.

Senator PEARCE - I have almost completed my reply. Senator Needham has raised a question as to the wages of assistant armourers. When he spoke a few days ago I understood him to say that since the matter was reviewed by myself an award has been given by the Federal Arbitration Court in respect of a similar occupation. If that is so, I will see whether the terms of that award justify a review of my decision.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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