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Tuesday, 22 June 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) .- At the first blush I felt inclined to oppose the motion for the suspension of the Standing and Sessional Orders, because I did not think it right to interrupt in this way our consideration of the two very important measures involving amendments of the Constitution, particularly as those bills were disposed of in another place before this measure was dealt with. In view of the explanation of the Minister, however, I realize the urgency. I understand that the Australian Railways Union and the Australian Tramways Employees' Association are now appearing before the Arbitration Court, and that each of them has gone to considerable trouble to prepare its case, and to submit evidence to the court. If this bill is not passed by the 30th June, those organizations will have to start de novo, and will thus incur unnecessary delay and expense. As special executive power has to be obtained before the 30th June to enable the deputies 'to temporarily continue, I shall not oppose the motion.

Question put.

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