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Wednesday, 23 November 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I cannot give a definite answer to the honorable senator's question, because I do not know at this juncture if we are likely to reach the stage where advantage can be taken of the suspension of the Standing Orders. We have to dispose of the House of Representatives' message in connexion with the Tariff, and if it should happen that the Senate should be in an agreeable frame of mind, and disposes of the remaining items rapidly, it is possible that I may be able to move the second reading of the Appropriation (Works and Buildings) Bill later in the day. If that is done we shall then be able to revert to private members' business. I am as anxious as is Senator Lynch, and I believe other honorable senators, to provide an opportunity for clearing up the private business on the notice-paper; but there is, of course, a general wish that the Appropriation. (Works and Buildings) Bill should be disposed of so that public works may be proceeded with. If it had not been for that necessity the second reading of the Bill could have stood over.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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