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Friday, 25 June 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - By leave, I desire to make a statement as to the proposals of the Government in regard to the business before the Senate. On the notice-paper there are two Supply Bills and a Lighthouses Bill. The measures are required to be passed. The reasons for the passage of the Supply Bills are obvious, and the Lighthouses Bill is needed because of an agreement into which we entered with the States. If those two measures are passed to-day there will be no need for the Senate to re-assemble next week. If it meets the convenience of honorable senators that we should not meet next week I ask them to pass the Bills to-day, and, if necessary to sit late and then to adjourn over next week.

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