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Friday, 26 August 1921

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - I cannot very well prevent the honorable senator from asking a question concerning the probable hour of adjournment this afternoon, but it is not desirable, in the debate on this item, that the question of adjournment should be discussed.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then may I say to the Minister in charge of the Committee, that those honorable senators who want to go to their homes at least once a fortnight are entitled to some definite information now.

Senator Pearce - I Cannot give the honorable senator anything more definite.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In other words then, if we are good boys, and do not debate the items, irrespective of whether discussion, is required or not, the Senate will adjourn at 4 o'clock. Unless we get some definite information from the Minister we can make no arrangements about our luggage and berths. The progress today has, I hope, been satisfactory to the Government, and, so far as I am aware, there is no intention to obstruct the business.

Senator Pearce - And so far as I am aware there is none, but we are not. going to hand ourselves over handcuffed to any honorable senator who may decide to take up the whole afternoon.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I hope the Minister is not referring to me.

Senator Pearce - .No, I am not.

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