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Friday, 15 December 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - Seeing that it is proposed to adjourn to-day at the usual hour, I wish to ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether he cannot arrange for the sitting on Monday to commence after luncheon ?

Senator Millen - I have arranged for live pairs.

Senator WALKER - That will do.

Senator) Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [10.34].- I assume that the discussion of the second reading of the Tariff Bill will be proceeded with on Monday morning, so that practically very little Committee work could reasonably be expected to be done until after the luncheon adjournment on Monday. It will be a good thing to get so much of the debate out of the way. If there are any honorable senators who have arranged to go away this afternoon, and desire to have an opportunity of speaking on the second reading, they could do so on

Monday afternoon, though, of course, it will be impossible to pledge honorable senators who remain to continue the debate. The probability is that very much might be said at the second-reading stage which would have the effect of materially shortening the consideration of the measure in Committee.

Senator Sir JOSIAHSYMON (South Australia) [10.35]. -Iam personally gratified that an arrangement is to be made, because I think that it is for the convenience of honorable senators to know what the course of business is, and the time at which it is likely to be taken. I do not want to interfere with any arrangement which has been come to between Senator Millen and the VicePresident of the Executive Council, but if it could be arranged to fall in with the suggestion to meet at a later hour on Monday, it would be a very great convenience, because there is no train from Adelaide on Sunday evening, as there is from Sydney. There is a difficulty in that respect, but as we have to enter on business next week, and get through the Committee stage of the Tariff Bill as speedily as possible, it would be a convenience, and I think in the interests of the business before the Senate, if the Government could see their way - with the concurrence, of course, of Senator Millen - to make the concession suggested by Senator Walker. I was not aware that the Senate was going to sit late last night; otherwise I should have been here if that had been possible. From that point of view, it is desirable that we should have some timely notice of any intention to prolong a sitting.

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