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Tuesday, 17 December 1912

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I join with Senator Stewart and the Leader of the Opposition in the regret which they have expressed that all this legislation should be rushed through in the remaining days of this week, but I do not join with them in putting all the blame on the Government. They say that this legislation could have been brought forward in time for the Senate to properly deal with it.

Senator Millen - Why could not the immigration Bill have been brought on when we got a month's holiday?

Senator NEEDHAM - The reply to that is that on two occasions the honorable senator's leader in another place either moved or assented to a vote of noconfidence being moved against the Government.

Senator Millen - That had nothing to dp with the reason why we took a month's Holiday.

Senator NEEDHAM - It had this to do with it; that the Government followed the usual custom and suspended business while a vote of no-confidence was under consideration.

Senator Millen - That was not the reason given by the Vice-President of the Executive Council for the month's adjournment.

Senator NEEDHAM - I cannot say what was in the mind of the VicePresident of the Executive Council. While I regret that these measures should be brought forward at this stage of the session, I desire to say that it is not the fault of the Government. The honorable senator was a party to the votes of noconfidence which were moved in the other Chamber, and which resulted in the adjournment of the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill (on motion by Senator McGregor) read a first time.

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