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Tuesday, 18 September 1906

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I hope that the leader of the Senate will not agree to the request of the Opposition. It would not be fair to members of the Labour Party, who help to keep a quorum, so that the Government might carry on their business. We know that it is the object of the Opposition to prevent the Government from doing their business. I wish to see the measures now before the Senate passed into law. and we know that other Bills have vet to come before us. I understand that . we have only this week and next week within which to do all the business. If that be so, we cannot be running away at 11 o'clock at night, but must be prepared to sit until 2, 3, or 4 o'clock in the morning, if necessary. If Senator Playford agrees to the request for an adjournment, I cannot (guarantee to assist him to' keep a quorum to enable members of the Opposition to talk against time until 11 o'clock at night, and then approach the Government for an adjournment. If honorable senators in Opposition must talk, we should be prepared to give them the whole night for talking, and if that were done I think that business would be transacted in very quick time.

Senator DELARGIE (Western Australia [10.48]. - Senator Stewart has just given honorable senators in Opposition some advice. I do not know exactly whether he is supposed to be a supporter of the Opposition or of the Government, but I have a vivid recollection that only a few days ago he was himself building up a stone-wall against a Government proposal. I think that this is a reasonable hour to adjourn, and that the Government have made very fair progress. I hope that Senator Stewart's advice will be taken only for what it is worth, and remembering his attitude of a few days ago, I should say it is not worth very much.

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