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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a first time.

As the Coronation of the King is to take place next June, and a number of honorable senators will be absent from Australia at that time, and as it is even possible that a contingent of members of Parliament representing the Commonwealth may also be away, it will hardly be possible to call Parliament together before the end of August or the beginning of September. Consequently, it is necessary that the Treasurer should have Supply in order to carry on the ordinary business of the Commonwealth. This Bill contains no other item than is necessary for that purpose. If honorable senators will look at the figures they will see that it appropriates one-sixth of the amount appropriated for the ordinary annual services for the current financial year, beginning with a vote for Parliament and ending with an advance to the Treasurer. Honorable senators are aware that at the commencement of a session it is necessary to give the Treasurer something to come and go on.

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