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Friday, 8 December 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I am sure that Senator O'Keefc must know that reporters, with the ability of the members of our own Hansard staff, are not to be picked up at a moment's notice, and that these late sittings occur at a moment's notice. The Government never know until after ti p.m. that there is going to be an all-night sitting of either House. In reply to the Leader of the Opposition, I would point out that when the Senate is in Committee, the Chairman, immediately 1 o'clock arrives, intimates that he will resume the sitting at such and such an hour. If the Senate bc not in Committee, the President adopts the same course. As it was incumbent upon me to allow honorable senators, a few minutes upon the motion for adjournment to express their approval or disapproval of my action, I had no option but to reportprogress before the consideration of the Arbitration (Public Service) Bill was completed.

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