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Thursday, 21 July 1921

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon T Givens (QUEENSLAND) - The honorable senator must not discuss that measure now.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I do not intend to, Mr. President; I was merely saying that an important measure has to be placed aside in order to suit the convenience of honorable members in another branch of the Legislature.

Senator Pearce - They have been sitting a long while and deserve some consideration.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - And we shall be sitting while they are in recess, so we should also be considered. There is, however, no reason why the two Houses should not work amicably together. I merely protest against the suggestion that we should pass the Bill by 4 o'clock on Friday.

SenatorE. D. MILLEN (New South Wales - Minister for Repatriation) [8.5]. - I trust I made it clear, when speaking previously, that the Government had no intention of demanding - because we- have not the power or the desire - that the discussion on this Bill should be limited. I merely pointed out. that we were anxious to get the Bill through by 3.30 p.m. tomorrow, to meet the convenience of honorable members in another place. Even if we do that, honorable senators will see that there will be ample time for discussing the measure if we rise at the usual time to-night, -because the other measure would have been under consideration without any suspension of the Standing Orders. If the measure is not passed in the time suggested, nothing more can be done. I ask honorable senators, however, to assist the Government, without any breach or abrogation of their responsibilities, to enable that to be done. I have moved the motion, and in doing so I believe I am meeting the known wishes of honorable senators. not to sit late tonight. If honorable senators will cooperate, there is no reason why the discission on the Supply Bill should not be completed in time for it to be. returned to the other Chamber at the time mentioned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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