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Tuesday, 19 August 1902

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (AttorneyGeneral) . - I desire to assure honorable members that there is a reason for the course which has been adopted -a reason which arose before this debate took place, and which has no connexion with it whatever. As honorable members are aware, the Customs Tariff Bill has been returned to the Senate, but although it is likely that it will be laid before members of that Chamber to-morrow evening, I understand that they may desire a day or two in which to consider it. Under these circumstances, it is desirable that this measure should be submitted for their consideration.

Mr Brown - More radical alterations have been made in this Bill than in the Tariff.

Mr DEAKIN - That is altogether beside this particular issue. When members of the Senate have travelled long distances to attend to parliamentary business, it is our duty to see that they have ample material to engage their attention. If, as I understand, there is a disinclination on the part of senators to deal with the Tariff tomorrow, this is the only Bill which can occupy their consideration.

Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Why cannot the Senate deal with the Tariff to-morrow ? The results of our work have been before its members for some days.

Mr DEAKIN - If the other Chamber chooses to deal with the Tariff, I do not object ; but if its members ask for time the Government must concede it, and I understand that time is to be asked for.

Mr V L SOLOMON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Does the AttorneyGeneral expect the Senate to deal with this Bill to-morrow?

Mr DEAKIN - It can commence to deal with it. It is for the purely practical purpose which I have stated that I ask honorable members not to oppose the motion.

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