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Friday, 4 July 1941

Senator E B JOHNSTON (Western Australia) - I suggest, Mr. President, that when you call the Senate together, arrangements be made for it to meet on a Wednesday, if possible. Under the present railway time-table, honorable senators from Western Australia can be in their places here four days after leaving Perth if the Senate meets on a Wednesday; but should it meet on a Tuesday, as has happened on occasions in the past, six days must elapse from the time of leaving Perth until the Senate meets. Western Australian senators living in country districts may have to spend as long as eight .days between the time of leaving home and the meeting of the Senate. When the Senate adjourns on a Friday, senators wishing to travel to Western Australia have to spend one and a half days in Melbourne, or at some other point on the journey, making the total travelling time five days to Perth, or seven days in your own case, Mr. President. When the Parliament met for only one or two periods a year, Western Australian members did not mind spending a little extra time in the capital cities, but now that it meets at four or five different periods during the year, the time occupied in travelling is more than can be spared. I hope, therefore, that arrangements will be made for the Senate to be called together on a Wednesday.

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