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Thursday, 14 November 1912

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) - - The Vice-President of the Executive Council made one remark which has a special interest to a few honorable senators who happen to have private business on the notice-paper. I hope that before the end of the session he will give these honorable senators an opportunity to get a vote on the questions - the opportunity which he has hinted at - by allowing on some occasions private business to be taken in the daytime, even if it be necessary to give to it more than one day. It is necessary to remind the Minister, and also honorable senators generally,- that in practically every session those who had notices of motion on the business-paper found themselves at the end of the session unable to get a vote thereon, and altogether in an unsatisfactory position. The Minister knows that no private senator puts a motion on the notice-paper unless he desires, in most cases at least, to have a vote taken. A number of honorable senators are hoping that he will keep his promise, and that we shall have ample time to discuss all the matters on the notice-paper, even if it be necessary to ask the Senate to sit on Tuesdays in addition to the present sitting days. I thought it was just as well to bring the matter before the Senate at this juncture, because we are nearing the end of the session.

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