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Wednesday, 25 October 1905


Senator O'KEEFE (TASMANIA) - He does not say that it is a blunder.


Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - He admits that it is a blunder if it requires modification.


Senator Givens - He says he is willing to go a little way to meet the prejudice of some persons.


Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - Well, that shows a reasonable disposition. Every proposal which tends to bring about a chance in that undesirable law should be considered at the earliest possible moment. I think Senator Playford will see that there are reasons why he .should mention what are the pressing matters now before the Senate.


Senator Playford - There are six orders of the day, besides several notices of motion.


Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON -.- I observe that in the newspapers to-day the Prime Minister is reported to have said that the Parliament is to be prorogued within a month. How can we possibly squeeze all this business into that period ?


Senator Keating - He said he hoped that Parliament would be prorogued within a month.


Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - That is a delightful prospect for us, and unless there are those reasons which I have gently hinted at, I do not see why we cannot deal with the business without sitting on Tuesdays. Let my honorable friend abandon the Commerce Bill, which he knows he will have no chance of -carrying this session, and we will assist him to dispose of the remainder of the business so as to gel! home within a month.







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