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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .- I move-

That standing order No. 68 be suspended up to and including the 25th March, 1927, for the purpose of enabling new business tobe commenced after half-past ten o'clock at night.

There is a general desire which I think is shared by all honorable senators that the Senate should terminate its sittings in Melbourne this week. To enable that to be done, it is necessary to suspend the standing order referred to, so that a number of small bills which are not of great consequence may be dealt with expeditiously. In the exchange of business between the two Houses certain of those measures might reach this chamber after half-past 10 o'clock. Unless we suspend this standing order, we shall not be able to deal with them. Honorable senators would then be called upon to reassemble for the purpose of passing the final, and usually the formal, stages of bills. The course now proposed is intended to meet the convenience of honorable senators as well as of the Government.

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