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Friday, 17 November 1905

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) - I think that this motion, in its present form, is nothing better than an insult to the Senate. We are asked to pass the Appropriation Bill through all its stages today.

Senator PLAYFORD(South AustraliaMinister of Defence). - I really did not look at the notice of motion, I simply intended it to enable the second reading of the Bill to be proceeded with. That is all. I shall be glad to amend the motion', by leave, so as to make it 'read -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the second reading of the Appropriation Bill being now moved.

Motion amended accordingly.

Senator GIVENS(Queensland).- As we are suspending the Standing Orders, it is only reasonable that we should have an assurance that after the Minister has moved the second reading of the Bill, the debate will be adjourned.

Senator Playford - Oh, yes, that will be the case.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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