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Tuesday, 18 September 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - I appeal to the Minister to report progress, and for two very strong reasons. In the first place, it is quite a surprise to me that this Bill should have been taken into Committee. I quite understood that after the second reading we were to proceed with the Spirits Bill. On that distinct understanding a number of pairs have been arranged,, and several honorable senators have gone away, quite expecting that the Spirits Bill only would be dealt with to-night. If the Minister of Defence thinks we ought to sit longer I must ask him, in view of the understanding arrived at, to report progress, and to proceed with the Spirits Bill. Then, in view of the fact that we have to meet again within the next twelve hours on the important occasion of a call of the Senate. I think I am. amply justified in suggesting that we should now adjourn.

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