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Thursday, 7 December 1905

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) - There are a number of witnesses, most of whom are financially interested in the tobacco manufacturing industry, who have requested that they may be called to give evidence. I do not propose to close the inquiry until that opportunity has been afforded. There are four witnesses in Melbourne, and four witnesses in Adelaide, who have yet to be called. There are eight witnesses waiting to be called, and there is not the slightest possibility of taking their evidence within a week. We have held two sittings in this week. At the week end we intend to go to Adelaide to take the evidence of the four witnesses in that city. On Tuesday next we shall return to Melbourne, and, if possible, hold two sittings during the week, in order to try to finish the taking of evidence. There is not the slightest possibility of the report being brought up next Thursday. It . would be farcical to ask the Senate for only a week's extension. There is not the slightest possibility of the work of the session being finished within a fortnight. Under the circumstances, we are quite safe in asking for a fortnight's extension.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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