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Wednesday, 26 September 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I wish to ask Senator Playford, in an. informal way, if he can give honorable senators any indication as to when he 'proposes to make the call of the Senate in connexion with the Bills to amend the Constitution. I have no personal objection to the call being made for Friday, but I point out that that would scarcely be fair to honorable senators who are absent.

Senator PLAYFORD(South Austria - Minister of Defence [11.4]. - I should very much like the call to be made for Friday, because honorable senators will recollect that every day we put it off we postpone the date of the elections. If the call is made for Monday or Tuesday, the result will be that the elections must be held in December.

Senator Walker - I suggest to the Minister that he ought not to make the call before Wednesday next, if he wishes to secure a full Senate.

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