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Friday, 5 October 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - I think honorable senators will have taken it for granted that I shall have something to say on the second reading of the British Preference Bill. I expected that the Minister would move the second reading of it to-day, and that the debate would be adjourned until Monday. There is other business that might be dealt with, and that would occupy the whole of to-day's sitting. It is a fair thing that a measure which, -perhaps, is one of the most important ever laid before any Parliament, should be dealt with in. a reasonable manner. I confess that I donot feel able to take up the discussion today.

Senator Lt Col NEILD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Col. GOULD(New South. Wales) [11.26]. - Senator Pulsford's suggestion might very well be acceded to by the Government. If the Bills returned' from the other House were dealt with today, and the second reading of the British Preference Bill were moved, the sittingwould be very well occupied. I am sure there is a 'disposition to deal with measurespromptly.

Question resolved in -the affirmative.

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