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Wednesday, 2 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council [3.9]. -By leave.) - I desire to make a statement regarding the business which Parliament will be asked to consider during the next few weeks of the sitting in Melbourne. The mam business will be the bill for the termination of the per capita payments. That bill is now before another place, and presumably a week or so will elapse before it reaches this chamber. The other measures are machinery bills, which are necessary but are not of a very important character, and probably will not occupy much of the time of the Senate. It is intended, however, to give both chambers an opportunity to discuss the resolutions of the Imperial Conference. To that end I shall submit later a paper, and move that it be printed, a motion which will enable discussion to take place on those resolutions. It is also intended, in the same way, r.o give the Senate an opportunity to discuss the work done at the last meeting if the Assembly of the League of Nations.

Senator Sir Henry Barwell - On what days is the Senate likely to be sitting this week?

Senator PEARCE - That is for honorable senators to say; but having regard ro the business that will occupy our attention, I do not think it will be necessary for the Senate to meet next week We should be able to deal with whatever business there is this week, and then we shall have to adjourn until the other branch of the legislature has disposed of the principal bill, which is the main business for which the Parliament has now been called together.

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