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Friday, 2 December 1927

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) [11.7]. - I move -

That, until the 17th December, 1927, unless otherwise ordered, Government business shall take precedence of all other business on the notice-paper except questions and formal motions.

If in the course of business, we find there is still an opportunity to deal with private members' motions, I give honorable senators the assurance that advantage will be taken of it. As honorable senators are aware, it is desired to dispose of Government business in a reasonable time before the Christmas adjournment, and the altered procedure will operate only if it is found that we cannot spare the time for thediscussion of private members' business. I ask honorable senators to accept this assurance. It is not as if it were proposed to close the session. Parliament will resume some time in the New Year when there will again be anopportunity to deal with any private members' business that remains on the notice-paper.

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