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Thursday, 7 June 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South' Wales) . - Not many minutes since

Senator McGregorwas boasting of the possession of common sense by honorable senators on the other side. Here is an illustration of it, and an illustration, perhaps the honorable senator will say, of courtesy, as well as of common sense. In common with other honorable senators representing my State, I came all the way from Sydney today, only to find that we are now to separate, and to be asked to meet here again next Wednesday. If it was the intention of the Government that the AddressinReply to the Governor-General's speech should not be dealt with at present, a courteous intimation to that effect might have been conveyed to us, and we might have avoided the absurd and humiliating position in which we now find ourselves. I should like to hear from the leader of the Government in the Senate why we were called together on a Thursday instead) of earlier in the week, when it would have been possible' in the ordinary course of events to have adjourned over a day, and yet to have done a fair amount of work before our sittings terminated, and we caught our trains for the other States on the Friday. I think that I am justified in asking Senator Playford to give some explanation on this point. I can see no reason why the debate on the motion for the Address-in-Reply should not be resumed to-morrow morning at 10.30 a.m. I move as an amendment -

That all the words after "until" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " 10.30 a.m. to-morrow."

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