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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandMinister for the Interior) . - Our necessity at the moment is to pass these bills through this chamber. The suggestion that the Opposition requires time to consider these bills is senseless, inasmuch as each of them has been thoroughly debated in the House of Representatives, and thoroughly canvassed in the press. All I can say is that if any honorable senator has not made himself fully acquainted with these measures, he has not been very keen on his job. However, I am anxious to avoid friction regarding a matter of procedure, and I. am not only anxious but also determined that the session be concluded on Friday evening. Therefore, whilst I do not recognize the need for it, I agree to the suggestion made by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McLeay).

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