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Thursday, 6 September 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - We are now getting well into September, and have been to-day discussing the Appropriation (Works and Buildings) Bill. I should be g'ad if the Minister of Defence could give the Senate some indication _ as to when it is likely we shall be discussing the Appropriation ' Bill ? It is only fair that I should tell the honorable senator that when that measure is before the Senate, it will tie freely discussed.

Senator Playford - The honorable senator refers to- the Estimates proper?

Senator CLEMONS - Yes. I remind Senator Playford that before he occupied his present exalted position he frequently contended that it was the right of the Senate to be given time for a fair and reasonable discussion of the very important matter pf the Estimates. I should like the honorable senator to say now whether he will bring the Appropriation Bill before the Senate at such a time that it will- not be, necessary for him to ask honorable senators to rush it through after all-night sittings in the last two or three days of the session.

Senator Turley - Perhaps the Minister, in reply, would say what business will be taken to-morrow?

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