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Thursday, 14 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I cannot make a statement about' the close ofthe session, because I do not know the time the Senate may want to discuss a number of measures of more or less importance, which must be got through before we prorogue. If we make as little progress as we have done to-day, we shall rise perhaps some time before Christmas. But if we make good progress, I think that, by sitting to-morrow and on Saturday and Monday, most likely we shall be able to prorogue on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Senator Givens - How can we sit on Saturday without a resolution to that effect?

Senator PLAYFORD - If honorable senators do not wish to sit on Saturday I shall have no objection to adjourning from Friday to Monday.

Senator Dobson - Sit on Saturday, and let us get away early.

Senator PLAYFORD - I would remind Senator Dobson that there is nothing to prevent him from booking his passage.

Senator Dobson -I have already booked a berth for Friday.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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