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Friday, 9 July 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - May I be permitted to make a statement as to the business before the House?

Leave granted.

Senator PEARCE - There are several senators who wish to speak upon the Constitution Alteration Bills. The Sen.ate has been called together for Wednesday next, and I think it is a sound principle that when a call is made for a certain date the. sitting should not be postponed. I suggest that those honorable senators who wish to speak on these Bills should permit the second reading to go through now,, and make their speeches or. the third reading.

Senator Bakhap - The Bills have yet to be dealt with in Committee. Does the honorable Minister contemplate taking them through the Committee stage .now?

Senator PEARCE - Yes.

Senator Bakhap - I think that that is rather too much to expect. Discussion will take place on some of these Bills in Committee.

Senator PEARCE - If honorable senators will intimate to me in Committee which Bills they wish to discuss we can postpone the Committee stages of those Bills until Wednesday next.

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