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Friday, 22 June 1906

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) .- I intend to move an amendment, because I consider that the Government ought either to be prepared to bring before the Senate sufficient business to keep it occupied, or else should consent to an adjournment sufficiently long to enable all honorable senators to visit their homes. Last session, when three adjournments were proposed, I objected on every occasion, but I met with very little support, as Hansard will show. The Minister invariably assured us that he anticipated that there would be enough work to do after the adjournment. But when we met again we found that the business occupied our attention only for a very short time, aird that then there had to be another adjournment. If the Government were really desirous of keeping us well supplied with work, there would be nothing to prevent them bringing before us a number of Bills which are awaiting consideration. In order that I and some other senators may go home we should have to leave Melbourne next Wednesday. We should not reach home for eight clays, and, even if we returned immediately, we should not arrive until three or four days after the Senate had met. If there is to be an adjournment, let it be sufficiently long to enable those senators who are situated as I am to go home. I move -

That the word "eleventh" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word "eighteenth." *

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