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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - The procedure which is being adopted in connexion with this bill suggests unseemly haste in dealing with legislation. I, as Leader of the Opposition, was definitely promised that the Senate would have three days to discuss this measure; but it will be impossible to devote three days to it, and adjourn on Friday, if proper attention is to be given to other matters which will come before us. So far, I have not seen this bill, and there are about five other tariff bills, all of which are interrelated, yet to be considered.

Senator Sir George Pearce - The Senate will sit an additional day, if necessary.

Senator COLLINGS - I realize that when the second reading has been moved at a later hour of the day I shall have the opportunity to move the adjournment of the debate, and that in the event of such a motion being agreed to, I can then consider the bill. But there are other matters to come before us - important proposals which also demand proper consideration. I make my protest now against any attempt so to speed up the procedure that a proper opportunity to deal with important legislative proposals may not be provided.

Senator Sir George Pearce - There is no intention to restrict debate.

Senator COLLINGS - All the bills dealing with various tariff proposals should be before us before the first one is dealt with.

Senator Sir George Pearce - That will be done.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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