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Friday, 3 November 1905

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - I altogether object to the remark of " Senator O'Keefe that honorable senators will vote for the motion "if they are honest." That expression of opinion conies with very bad grace from an honorable senator who has just severely' taken to task others who do not happen to agree with him. There is no necessity for honorable senators to charge each other with irregular attendance, because, I suppose, we all devote as much time to the work of the Senate as possible; at any rate, I am prepared to let my record stand. I do not deprecate the desire of honorable senators to observe a time-honoured holiday ; but as there is a large amount of business to be done. I do not see why we should not meet after dinner in the evening. Indeed, I should support an amendment to that effect if it were pro.posed. In my opinion, the occasion does not furnish a sufficient reason for an adjournment over Tuesday. Exception his bren taken to leave of absence to honorable sena.ators on account of urgent public business, and I do not see that a race meeting affords any better excuse for leave of absence for the whole Senate.



Question - That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn until Wednesday next - put. The

Senate divided.

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