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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (3:15 AM) . - I confess that I feel very disinclined to discuss new business at this hour. It is unreasonable for the Government to ask honorable senators, after being in attendance here since half-past 10 o'clock yesterday morning, to make even a pretence of seriously considering other business than that on which we have just been engaged. Such a proposal would not be tolerated anywhere outside of Parliament. I am given to understand that when, this Bill is dealt with the Government propose to go on with still other work. Alii I can say is that I absolutely! decline togo through a farce of pretending to legislate in such circumstances. I have never shirked a fair share of work, and while I quite recognise that when the Opposition, for reasons of their own, protract debate, the Government have only one course open tothem, and that is to exhaust the debate. It cannot be alleged that at any stage of the consideration of the Tariff Bill there- , was, oh the part of the Opposition, an undue consumption of time. We proceeded) with the business in a business-like way, and I think I am now entitled to ask honorable senators to join with me in a protest against the Government proceeding; with fresh business in these circumstances. Personally, I decline to take any further part in legislation if we are not to be givens reasonable time for rest.

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