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Thursday, 14 June 1906

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) - I desire to ask the Minister of Defence whether, in the event of the ordinary business being completed before the usual hour for adjournment to-morrow, he will have any objection to the Senate considering my notice of motion referring to the proposed importation of rabbit microbes. In the other House, similar business has been under discussion both this afternoon and this evening, and, understanding that to-morrow we are likely to adjourn for two or three weeks-

Senator Staniforth Smith - Shame !

Senator O'KEEFE - I - I understand it is likely that there may be an adjournment of the Senate.

Senator Dobson -no. Go on with the business.

Senator Millen - There will be no adjournment if the honorable senator's motion is allowed to come on.

Senator O'KEEFE - U - Understanding that there may be an adjournment from to-morrow, it might be well if such an important matter as the importation of rabbit microbes were considered here at something like the same time as it is being considered in the other House. If there are no insuperable difficulties in the way, perhaps the Minister of Defence may afford that opportunity, provided, of course, that the ordinary business be completed some time before the usual hour of adjournment to-morrow.

Senator Lt Col Gould - Does the honorable senator expect to finish the debate on his motion to-morrow?

Senator O'KEEFE - No. No.

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