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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr TUDOR (Yam) . - I object to the proposal to meet on Thursday morningsat 11 a.m., because it is too much to ask a member to sit in this chamber for practically twelve hours continuously. The Treasurer and I have seen the bodies of members carried from this building, and I believe that the long sittings of the past are the reason why so many men in parliamentary life have broken down. A member who takes his work seriously, as every member should, and attends conscientiously to his parliamentary duties, has to remain here for many hours at a stretch, and if we are required to come early on Thursdays, breakdowns will be more frequent in the future than they have been in the past. I say frankly that I do not intend to take as much upon myself as Ihave done.

Mr.Richard Foster. - You deserve a rest.

Mr TUDOR - I am going to take things more easily;because I do not wish to break down before my time. But I do not think that the long hours proposed for Thursday sittings are fair to members generally. Recently the Standing Orders were amended in such a way as to empower the Government to fix the time for the bringing of a measure to completion. When the alteration was proposed, it was said that there would be no all night sittings after it had been made. But there was anall night, sitting on the first occasion on which the new rule was brought into operation. Similarly to meet at 11 on Thursdays will not preventall night sittings.

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