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Friday, 30 September 1927

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) . - I cannot support the views expressed by Senator Grant. I came to Canberra expecting the Senate to proceed with Government business. The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham) said that there were only a few minutes between now and the hour of adjourning, whereas we have nearly 40 minutes in which to continue the budget discussion. I protest against these unnecessary delays. The time between now and 1 o'clock could be well spent in discussing public business, which should be proceeded with as expeditiously as possible while we are here.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland- Minister for Defence) [12.24]. - The position is as stated by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham), who suggested to me that it would be rather unfortunate if he had to commence his speech on the budget today, and conclude his remarks on Wednesday next. Senator Givens himself has no reason to complain concerning the manner in which business is being conducted, as he postponed the debate on his own motion. May I remind Senator Payne, who said that government business should be proceeded with as expeditiously as possible, that it was owing to the death of a member of the Senate that no business was transacted on Wednesday; that on Thursday I presented the budget figures and sought leave for the introduction of certain bills, the first readings of which have been taken to-day, and the second readings of which will be moved on Wednesday next. In these circumstances there will be ample business to keep the Senate engaged next week. Senator Payne said that the Government should proceed with the business on the notice-paper.

Senator Payne - The Minister adopted the suggestion of the Leader of the Opposition.

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - I can assure Senator Payne and others that, whilst I am in charge of government business in' the Senate, I shall endeavour to meet the wishes of honorable senators on both sides of the chamber. I shall make every effort to see that business is available, and that honorable senators are not kept here longer than is necessary.

Senator Ogden - We do not want to stay in this place longer than is necessary.

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW -The length of time that honorable senators will remain here is largely in their own hands.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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