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Friday, 15 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) (Minister for Defence) . - As a speech from the Vice-President of the Executive Council would close the debate, and other honorable senators may wish to speak to the motion, I have risen to state that the Government recognise that it would not be fair to ask the Senate to proceed with the discussion of the Tariff Bill without having been supplied with copies. In order that copies may be supplied, it is proposed, if this motion be carried, to move the first reading of the Bill, and then ask that the sitting be suspended until half-past 2 o'clock to-day. In the interim copies of the Tariff will be distributed. In the afternoon the general discussion can be commenced and continued until the usual hour of adjournment on Friday, to be resumed on Monday morning.

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