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Thursday, 14 June 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I am quite prepared to give an opportunity to any honorable senator to bring forward any motion which he thinks is of sufficient importance to warrant its introduction in an unusual way. If by 4 o'clock tomorrowwe have concluded the debate on the Address-in-Reply to the Governor-General's speech, passed the motions relating to the distribution of the States into electoral divisions for the return of the members of the House of Representatives, and passed the first reading of two Bills of which my honorable colleague has given notice,I shall propose an adjournment - over next week, at all events. But if, on the other hand, honorable senators wish to proceed with any other special business, I can go on next week with the second reading of the twoBills to which I have referred, and possibly I shall be able to get another Bill or two introduced, so as to fill up the whole of that week. It may happen that to-morrow I shall not move for an adjournment at all, but will ask the Senate to meet next week and go on so far as the business that we have upon the paper will permit. It will depend entirely upon honorable senators as to whether" the whole of next week- that is, the three days - may be fully occupied. But I anticipate that, with the Bills - and, of course, with the private business on Thursday - there will be quite sufficient business to occupy our attention for the whole of next week. We have a certain amount of business on the notice-paper, and, under these circumstances, I shall not unless the Senate wish otherwise, move for an adjournment.

Senator Walker - Will there not be a Supply Bill sent up next week?

Senator PLAYFORD - We can do without a Supply Bill for three weeks. Last year the first Supply Bill was not passed until the 6th or 7th of July.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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