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Monday, 1 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I should like to know what course the Government propose to adopt with regard to the order of business. A call of the Senate is to be made to-morrow for the purpose of considering certain important measures relating to the alteration of the Constitution. We also know that the Appropriation Bill has been received from the House of Representatives, and I should like to know whether that measure submitted to-morrow. The Minister of Defence has promised to give us three clear days for the consideration of the Appropriation Bill, and as the time at our disposal is rapidly passing, I think that he should place it before us as soon as possible. I venture to suggest that as soon as we have dealt with the very important Bills to which I have referred, the Appropriation Bill should be proceeded with.

Senator Givens - What about the Tariff Bills?

Senator CLEMONS - I do not wish to discuss anything but the Appropriation Bill at present. It is the unanimous wish of honorable senators that the fullest opportunity should be afforded for the discussion of the Appropriation Bill, and I hope that the Minister will redeem his promise.

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