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Wednesday, 4 December 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .- I should like to see the Commonwealth Workmen's Compensation Bill and the Loan Bill, which is a very short measure, carried through to-morrow. TheMinister of Defence has an amending Naval Defence Bill ; it contains nothing very contentious, and I hope that it also may be brought forward to-morrow. I do not intend to interfere with the consideration of private business to-morrow evening, but that will be the last opportunity whicht honorable senators will have for dealing with private business, unless, of course, some occasion arises when it can be taken. Last week, I sent round to see if honorable senators were prepared to come back. on Tuesday, and discuss private business, but there was no inclination to do that. I hope that on Tuesday next we shall meet for the consideration of Government business. I can assure SenatorClemons that I do not anticipate being able to move the second reading of the Constitution Alteration (Trade and Commerce) Bill till Friday morning.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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