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Friday, 22 June 1906

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - - I have no desire to interfere with the convenience of the Queensland and Western Australian senators, who have told us that a fortnight's adjournment would be useless to them. But I am opposed to all such adjournments, and should like to see the motion defeated. If, however, there is tobe an adjournment, we may as well meet the convenience of as many honorable senators as we can. Trouble of this kind will constantly arise while successive Governments take up the same attitude towards the Senate as the present Government does. Untilwe have another portfolioed Minister in the Senate, we shall never be satisfactorily treated. While I have a high appreciation of the work of the two Ministers who are in charge of business here, I think that a proper share of legislative business is no!) being initiated in this Chamber, as would be the case if we had two Ministers with portfolios here. The Bill that is occupying the attention of another place to-day might just as well have been introduced in the Senate. Although we are told that there is a constitutional difficulty about initiating the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway Survey Bill, I am not sure that that difficulty could not have been got over either by submitting a declaratory resolution or in some other way.

Senator Keating - The honorable senator should recollect that all the principal Home Affairs measures were originated here last year.

Senator O'KEEFE - B - But those measures were not contentious. The Amending Electoral Bill, for instance, cannot be said to have been a- contentious measure. Nothing like the same number of contentious measures have bean introduced into the Senate as were initiated here in the first . session of the first Parliament. I am opposed to an adjournment for any term.

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