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Friday, 22 June 1906


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) . - During the last five years I have frequently been asked to vote for special adjournments, on grounds that have generally prevailed with me, but on no occasion has there been such an adjournment as would enable the representatives of Western Australia to return to their homes. The present position is that the notice-paper, so far as Government business is concerned, is practically a blank, and it seems improbable that the Australian Industries Preservation Bill will be sent up from another place within the next fortnight. In these circumstances, as an adjournment seems to be inevitable, surely the representatives of Western Australia have a right to be considered. I am prepared to sit four, five, or six days a week when necessary to dispose of public business. Possibly the carrying of the amendment would teach the Government a useful lesson. It would show them that unlessthe Government are prepared to give the Senate some business to do, we may, so to speak, take the bit between our teeth, and when the Government are anxious to have a Bill speedily dealt with carry an adjournment against them. I shall vote for the amendment, and if it be rejected I shall vote against any adjournment such as is suggested by the Government.







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