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Thursday, 20 June 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I want to point out to my honorable friends the peculiar position in- which we are placed'. Although a motion of noconfidence has been moved in another place, both Chambers are required to make up the Parliament. We ought always to recognise that fact.

Senator Needham - We can send the measures down and let the other House indorse them afterwards.

Senator McGREGOR - I would remind Senators Givens and Needham that if- we finished the debate on the Address-in-Reply to-morrow, and proceeded with certain measures, the time would come," on account of seventy-five loquacious individuals elsewhere, when the Senate would run short of business, because the same routine has to be gone through in each' House. It is just as well for us to adjourn now, and commence again on the 3rd July with our minds better informed with respect to the affairs of the country by the debate which will take place in the other iHouse. I sympathize with Senator Givens and other honorable senators who live in distant States and would like to go home during the adjournment. I sympathize with my honorable friends in that respect, as I have always done, and I should be only too glad to fix the date of re-assembling for the 10th, or even the 17th, July, but shortly after the 1st July the Government must obtain Supply in order to carry on the business of the country. The provision already made for the Public Service will be exhausted on the 30th inst., and consequently it would not be advisable for the Senate to take a longeradjournment. I have always contended that on account of the disparity in numbers these adjournments are -bound- to take place every session, and it is the duty of the Government to make them as convenient as possible to a majority of the senators. I think that after this explanation honorable senators will realize that I am doing the best I can in the circumstances.

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