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Tuesday, 2 October 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - Since- the Minister of Defence has gone so far in making an announcement as to the probable business to be taken tomorrow, I ask him to go a little further, and say what business he -will ask the Senate to deal with when we have finished with the Bills to which he has referred?

Senator Playford - The Customs Tariff (British Preference) Bill.

Senator CLEMONS - Then I am sorry that it is necessary for me to introduce a topic on which I have already spoken more than once, and to remind Senator Playford that we have still to deal with, the Appropriation Bill.

Senator Millen - And the Government have introduced four fresh Bills in another place to-night.

Senator CLEMONS - I regret that the danger should become greater5 every day that the Senate will be compelled by the Government to slur over, or to utterly neglect, the proper consideration of the most important measure that can come before any Legislature. I ask Senator Play- ford to show some regard for the Senate. I know that the honorable senator recognises the -difficulty, but if he postpones the consideration of that Bill for such a time as will compel the Senate to neglect' its proper consideration, or else delay the closing of the session for some days, he will not be treating the Senate fairly. I say this, while fully realizing the difficult position in which Senator Playford is placed as a member of the Ministry in trying to get through the orders of the day as they appear on the notice-paper. I ask him to take into his serious consideration the possibility of giving honorable senators some definite statement as to when we shall be asked to deal with the Appropriation Bill.

Senator Playford - I shall try to do so to-morrow.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 10.35 P-m-

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