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Thursday, 30 June 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I have no objection to the adjournment until Wednesday next, but I have on numerous occasions asked Ministers to consider those who reside in other States. I questioned the Leader of the Government in the Senate last night as to

Avhat business was to be dealt with to-day, and I gathered from his reply that we had sufficient work before us to keep us occupied for the remainder of the week. We are now informed by the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) that certain technical amendments are being drafted, and that the Senate will not meet until Wednesday next. If we had been given that information last night, we could have been spending the time in sunny New, South Wales instead of shivering in this cold bleak atmosphere. We have duties to perform in the States we represent, and we are now compelled to waste time because the Government have not given us sufficient notice of their intention to adjourn. With three Ministers in this Chamber, surely it issot unreasonable to ask that we should be advised . an hour or two beforehand of the business to be dealt with by the Senate. The South Australian members have also been inconvenienced, and I trust that in future the Leader of the Government in the Senate, or the Minister in charge at the time, will give honorable senators from, other States inore consideration.

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