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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .- I have no desire to curtail legitimate criticism, or the fair consideration of any measure brought before the Senate . I hope honorable senators will exercise their rights in that direction at all times. I wish to point out to Senator Gardiner, Senator Rae, and other honorable senators, that it is usual to make a statement, such as that which I have made, a week ahead. It would be scarcely fair, without giving honorable senators reasonable notice, to ask the Senate to sit next Tuesday. Some honorable senators may have made arrangements to go to their own States at the end of this week, and to ask them to sit next Tuesday might put them to considerable inconvenience. I am only giving notice that, if it is necessary, that course of action will be taken in the following week, so that honorable senators may be prepared to make their arrangements accordingly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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