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Tuesday, 2 October 1906

The PRESIDENT - What I suggest is that we should make a call of the Senate now - in accordance with the standing order; but we must recognise that the trains from Adelaide and Sydney do not arrive until later in the day; and I think that the best plan would be to call over again at half-past 2 o'clock the names of those honorable senators who do not answer to the first call.

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear.

Senate called.

The following senators were absent : -

Senators Findley, Fraser, Gould, Gray, Higgs, Macfarlane, Matheson, McGregor, Millen, O'Keefe, Pulsford, Story, Symon, Turley, and Walker.

At a later stage -

The names of the senators who did not answer when the Senate was called were called again, when the following senators were absent: - Senators Gould, Gray, Matheson, Pulsford, and Symon.

The PRESIDENT - I have received from Senator Gould a letter in which he says -

I very much regret that important business engagements here prevent my attendance at the call of the Senate to-morrow.

There is a telegram from Senator Gray that he is ill and cannot attend. Senator Matheson is absent in Europe. Senator Pulsford has both written and telegraphed that he is ill, and cannot possibly travel. Senator Symon has telegraphed that he is unable to be present.

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