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Wednesday, 5 October 1927

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - So do I. I have not seen a copy of the Supply Bill, and I have no idea how much money is required. I think that before we are asked to vote on a measure of this kind we should have at least a few hours in- which to peruse it. In any ruse there is no need to rush the bli I through this evening. We shall meet to-morrow in the ordinary course of events, and I am sure there will be no obstruction from this side of the chamber to the passing of the bill in the shortest possible space of time. It is unreasonable for tb.f Loader of the Senate to ask for the suspension of the standing orders. Why cannot he agree to' the reading of the bill a 4rat time and to the postponement of the second reading until to-morrow,, by which time we shall have had an opportunity to look through the document, and to make ourselves acquainted with its contents.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [9.12]. - 'Honorable e senators must be aware that it is necessary that the bill be passed to-morrow in order to enable public servants to be paid on Friday. Owing to the unfortunate death of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, both houses adjourned on Friday afternoon last; otherwise we could have had the- bill earlier. As I have already said, I have no desire to curtail debate, but if we allowed the consideration of the measure to stand over until to-morrow, I should still have to ask for the suspension of the Standing Orders in order to get ' it through by tomorrow night. I think it meets tha convenience of honorable senators to bring it before thom now. The objection that honorable senators have not seen the bill is easily overcome, because it will be made available to-night and Senator Grant will then be prepared to discuss it to-morrow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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