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Thursday, 12 May 1921


The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator is at liberty to put forward his views on the question of the day on which the adjourned debate shall be resumed, but he must not discuss the main question on this motion.


Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is a desire on the part of honorable senators that the Senate should rise to-morrow afternoon. I believe the Government are quite agreeable to that procedure, but if the new mail contract is to be discussed tomorrow, that will be utterly impossible. It will take us all our remaining time to deal with the Bills that are before us, and this is an important matter. We shall have no time to consider it properly before to-morrow afternoon.


Senator Keating - We may resume the debate to-morrow afternoon, but we need not finalize the motion.


Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - If honorable senators desire to finish the Bills before us, and also this motion, to-morrow, well and good; but it seems a very limited time in which to deal with an important question of this kind. We can only reach it after we have disposed of the Bills now before us. I would urge that, instead of the motion being dealt with to-morrow, it should be dealt with immediately the . Senate re-assembles. I sincerely hope that honorable senators will not discuss it to-morrow.







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