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Friday, 17 November 1905

Senator STEWART (Queensland) - Is not this rather sudden? We have any amount of work to keep the Senate going all next week. I am extremely anxious that we shall have a full opportunity to discuss the Appropriation Bill.

Senator Playford - So the honorable senator will have.

Senator STEWART - It appears to me that the Government desire to limit our opportunities as much as possible. We ought to meet on Tuesday. It is much better for every one of us to do our work at the regular times than to be asked to sit late, or all night, on one or two occasions. Late sittings, as every one knows, are extremely exhausting and unpleasant. Therefore, it would be much better to sit on Tuesday, and go through the week in the ordinary way.

Senator Playford - Let us see whether the majority desire to sit on Tuesday.

Senator STEWART - I have often found the majority to be in favour of anything which lessens the labour of honorable senators. I do not doubt that the Minister will be able to carry his motion, but it is an extremely unwise one.

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