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Wednesday, 6 December 1905


Senator HIGGS (Queensland) - I hope that the Senate will not agreeto the motion. There is any quantity of business on the notice-paper to engage our attention to-day. For instance, it includes a motion for the ratification of the agreement with the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, a motion to adopt a report of the Standing Orders Committee, and a motion relative to the cable services. In my opinion, the consideration of these items cannot be concludedat this sitting.


Senator Keating - Then the consideration of this message would not come on.


Senator HIGGS - Will the Minister give the Senate an understanding that the business on the notice-paper shall be dealt with first?


Senator Keating - If the first motion on the notice-paper be disposed of, I shall then have the debate on this message adjourned until to-morrow. I do not wish to bring on the consideration of the amendments in the Bill this evening.


Senator HIGGS - If that is the understanding, I shall not oppose the motion; but I do not think it is fair for the Government to attempt to bring on fresh business, and exclude the consideration of my motion relating to the cable services.


The PRESIDENT - According to standing order 323 -

Every message from the House of Representatives shall be received without delay by the Clerk Assistant at the Bar, and be reported by the President as early as convenient -

That has been done - and a future time named for its consideration, or it may, by leave, be dealt with at once. "Leave" means the leave of the whole Senate. I am not quite sure now what Senator Keating has moved.


Senator HIGGS - The Minister has moved for the message to be considered today, if necessary.


The PRESIDENT - I think that "a future time" means some other day. I would suggest to the Minister that he should move that the message be printed and taken into consideration to-morrow, otherwise honorable senators cannot have the amendments in their hands to-day.


Senator KEATING - I ask leave to withdraw my motion for the purpose of moving another.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Motion (by Senator Keating) proposed -

That the message be printed and taken into consideration to-morrow.







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