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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I understand that the contingent notice of motion to suspend the Standing Orders does not cover this measure. I ask the Senate to suspend them in order to enable it to be dealt with. I do not wish to curtail discussion in any way. No action in that direction will be taken if the debate is confined within reasonable limits; but honorable senators will, I am sure, recognise that the year is slipping by, that a large amount of public money is held up, and that the carrying out of public works is delayed pending the authority of Parliament to proceed. As all the items which are covered by the measure have been, under the notice of honorable senators for a considerable time in connexion with the Estimates, I suggest that they will only be doing their duty to the country in proceeding at once with its consideration. That will not deprive any honorable senator of his right to freely criticise various items. I appeal to the Senate to accede to my request.. I move -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the Bill being passed through ils remaining stages without delay.

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