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Wednesday, 11 August 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - The Senate has not yet had an opportunity to discuss the Imperial Conference agenda paper.

Senator Pearce - Senator Guthrie has just spoken on that motion.

Senator GRANT - One or two honorable senators may have spoken. Although the speeches delivered have been of a high order, they have not by any means exhausted the subject. It is very unfair to allow certain honorable senators to discuss the agenda-paper at length, and to prevent others from having an oppor tunity to take part in the debate.

Senator Pearce - The honorable senator is partly responsible for that.

Senator GRANT - I do not agree with the Minister. It is quite true that during the last week or two I have spoken a few times in this Chamber, in order to throw light on the darkness of honorable senators opposite, but I do not know with what result. I rose particularly to ask the Leader of the Senate to review his decision as to the hour of meeting tomorrow, and to allow the Senate to assemble at 11 o'clock, so as to give honorable senators an extra hour for the discussion of the agenda-paper of the Imperial Conference. We shall have a number of very contentious measures before us to-morrow, including the Income Tax Assessment Bill, and, as I understand it is intended to close the session tomorrow evening, it is desirable that we should have an extra hour for the discussion of the subjects to be considered at the Imperial Conference. I suggest, also, that the Minister should circulate printed copies of the agenda-paper for the information of honorable senators.I happen to have a copy; but, so far as I know, other honorable senators have not received one.

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