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Tuesday, 28 November 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - The concluding sentence of the Leader of the Opposition is reassuring, but I do not agree with him that we had a long rest in the interval between this session and last. Between January and April, when the proposed referenda were being discussed vigorously by representatives of both parties - an occasion such as never before occurred during a recess - we were not enjoying a rest, and the Ministers who attended the Conference on the military and naval defence of the Empire did not do so. As for the acceptance of the invitation of the British Government to be present at the Coronation, that provided a pleasant time for those who went, but it will be acknowledged that Australia did well to send a representation.. I suggest now, that, as the Opposition may complain if business is pressed on, we should continue this session until 'Parliament ends, by which time we shall be in a position to say that in one Parliament, the Labour party gaveeffect to every plank of its platform. I hopethat the Government will not hesitate to make use of itsopportunity to do this.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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