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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator AYLETT (Tasmania) . - I protest against a long adjournment of Parliament. I consider that the Government should call Parliament together soon after Easter. Such a course would be of much advantage to honorable senators on both sides of the chamber and to the country generally.

Senator Foll - The re-assembling of Parliament is a matter of arrangement between the parties; that has been the custom for some time.

Senator AYLETT - The Minister's reply is news to me. Parliament should meet more frequently instead of adjourning for periods of two or three months. Members and honorable senators would then have greater opportunities to consider the legislation introduced. I have protested on several previous occasions against the rushing of bills through the Senate. There is an appropriate time to protest,but it is not during the secondreading debate on a bill. Senator Johnston, who has just made a similar protest, has voted twice to-night in favour of the use of the guillotine in order to rush business through the Senate. When I make a protest I do not talk one way and vote in another. 1 trust that the Government will keep Parliament in session more frequently during the war. Members of the House of Representatives and honorable senators desire to ventilate grievances in Parliament and to endeavour to obtain from Ministers information which they cannot get when Parliament is in recess. I do not think that we can fulfil out duties properly when Parliament is adjourned for long periods.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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