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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - Since it is possible that the Senate may be asked to meet to-morrow morning at an early hour, I protest against any proposal to take new business after halfpast ten o'clock at night, when all respectable people should be thinking of making their way home. I do not mind an all-night sitting if the Leader of the Senate givesus ample opportunity to make the necessary arrangements. Most of us, as we grow older, are not partial to all-night sittings. It is becoming fashionable now to have theatre parties that begin close on midnight, and I understand that arrangements have been made in this city for all-night cafes; but I do not think that the example of a small section of the community, which might be called the smart set, should be followed by a seriously-minded Government such as this Administration is supposed to be. New business should not be taken after halfpast . ten o'clock at night, especially after an all-day sitting. I object to allday and all-night sittings.

Senator McLachlan - Perhaps the honorable senator objects to work in any circumstances.

Senator FINDLEY - I work as hard as any member of this chamber.

Senator Guthrie -Not between meals.

Senator FINDLEY - That comes very well from a gentleman who worked his passage so well as regards the Geelong woollen mills.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Plain).- Order !

Senator FINDLEY - I rose to enter my protest against the Government being allowed to take new business after half-past ten o'clock at night, if, in addition, we are to have all-day sittings. There is no justification for the course proposed by the Ministry. Many honorable senators have made certain arrangements. I do not wish to upset those arrangements; but neither do I want them to upset mine. I am not quite normal when I am in an abnormal atmosphere, such as that which prevails during long and continuous sittings.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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