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Friday, 15 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I have risen, not with a view to oppose the motion - which has been submitted, I think, as the result of a conference I have had with the Minister - but to invite him to explain his intentions regarding the business before the Senate. On the notice-paper there is no measure which apparently it is the intention of the Government to proceed with, and we are awaiting the arrival of the Tariff Bill from the other House. It would he, as I think the Government will recognise, very unreasonable to ask the Senate, as a deliberative body, to proceed at once with the consideration of a Tariff Bill which it has not yet seen. As I understand that they recognise the reasonableness of that view, and the Minister has discussed the matter with me, I invite him to tell us how he proposes to deal with the business which remains to be done before the close of the session.

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