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Thursday, 6 November 1913

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I join in the protest against an adjournment. The Government have introduced a Bill which they say is urgent. Extraordinary means have been adopted to get it here in a hurry. I would suggest that, instead of the Senate adjourning, the suspension of the. Standing Orders should be moved, so that without delay we may reject that Bill, and give the Government an opportunity of securing that double dissolution for which they profess to be so anxious. This is no time for delay. The situation calls for action. If there is any sincerity behind all the fury of which we have heard during the last few days, action prompt and decisive is required from the representatives of the Government in this Chamber. After they have adopted desperate means of forcing their Bill through elsewhere it is surprising to me that they do not carry the forcing process a stage further. It is like challenging some one out to fight, and, when he stands up to meet his opponent, " crayfishing " out of it. This Government want to " crayfish " out of the situation that has been created, and postpone the inevitable appeal to the country, which we shall have to force upon them by rejecting their Estimates, or by some such means.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir AlbertGould. - The Government are only too anxious for a double dissolution.

Senator GARDINER - We are willing to give them the opportunity they require to make their boasted appeal to the country.

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