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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I wish to indicate to the Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) that the Opposition views this bill and its three cognate measures as the most important that have been introduced in the Senate for a number of years. We are prepared to allow the Minister in charge of the bills to make his second-reading speech on each measure, provided that the Opposition be given the adjournment of each debate until to-morrow. I suggest that the Senate might meet at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning. If the Government does not agree to our request, we shall vote against this motion. I know that the Government is anxious to conclude the session on Thursday. Having in mind the business to be dealt with in the House of Representatives, I feel sure that if the Senate meets to-morrow morning, as we suggest, we shall be able to conclude at least by Friday

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