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Monday, 24 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - by leave - in reply to a question that was asked on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week I explained to the Senate that it was the intention of the Government that we should sit on Friday last and again today until we had brought the business of the Senate to finality. Since 1 made that statement we have not made the progress that we expected to make. In addition, as a result of the delay to aircraft that occurred this morning, the House of Representatives was unable to sit until well over an hour after the scheduled time of meeting, and it is now apparent that it will be impossible to complete the business of the House by sitting only today.

After consultation with the Leader of the Opposition in this place, and incidentally following consultation between the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition in another place, I propose that we should sit until about midnight tonight. I say " about midnight " because I cannot yet give a definite assurance about the time. But it is certainly my intention not to sit much beyond midnight. It is proposed that the sitting should then be suspended until 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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