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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The people outside are anxious to know, one way or the other, what the Tariff is to be, and it has occurred to me that we might meet on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. In this matter I am speaking for myself. If the Senate prefers to meet at 3 o'clock, well and good. Ministers say it is necessary for them to look after their Departments but another place is not sitting, and most of the Ministers belong to that Chamber. Of course, those in this Chamber would be very busy. While those of us who have to come from other 'States are in Melbourne, we might just as well be here dealing with the Tariff, on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. I would prefer that the Senate should meet at 11 a.m., and. rise at 6.30 p.m., rather than that we should be here in the evenings.

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