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Thursday, 23 August 1906
Thursday, 23 August 1906

The President took the chair at 3.30 p.m., and read prayers.


Senator PULSFORDpresented a petition from the Council of the New South Wales Alliance, praying the Senate to pass the Canteen Bill.

Petition received and read.


Senator MACFARLANE.-I desire to ask the Minister of Defence, without notice, if he will set aside anhour or so of Government time for the discussion of the regulations under the Commerce Act ? I may mention that, owing to the condition of the notice-paper, it will be almost impossible for the motions of Senator Mulcahy and myself to be reached before the regulations have acquired the force of law. I ask for this concession as the motions really deal with public business.

Senator PLAYFORD.- I prefer that the time allotted to Government business should not be taken up with the consideration of private business. Possibly that honorable senator may be able to arrange with those who have private business on the notice-paper to allow him precedence for his motion.

Senator Macfarlane.- I shall try to do so.

Senator PLAYFORD.- If, however, that cannot be accomplished, I promise the honorable senator to give him time on some evening, say from 9 to 11 o'clock, for the discussion of the matter.

Senator Keating.- The regulations cannot come into force if a notice against them has been given in either House.

Senator PLAYFORD.- Yes ; but the honorable senator wishes to make his objections known.

Senator Lt.-Col.Gould. - The motion has to be dealt with within fifteen sitting days.

Senator Millen.- Parliament may be prorogued before we can deal with the motion.

Senator Keating.- Then the regulations will not come into force.

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