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Friday, 18 November 1927

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. Sir John Newlands). - Before proceeding with the placing of business, I desire to state that the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Pearce) raised the point whether when "placing business " was called on it was necessary to ask daily, if, with regard to each notice of motion and Order of the Day - Government business - it was desired to re-arrange or postpone it. On looking up the matter I find it has been the general practice to provide an opportunity for a re-arrangement of Government business if so desired, as at this stage it may be done without debate. It has been the practice of some of my predecessors to call on Government business en bloc, asking Ministers if it is their desire to postpone or re-arrange any item thereof, and that is the course I propose to adopt in the future.

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