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Saturday, 21 December 1912

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - Everybody anticipates from the action of the Government that we are not to be allowed much opportunity to deal with private business.

Senator McGregor - Why was not an arrangement made with an honorable senator to look after this business?

Senator GIVENS - I do not know anything about the matter; I was waiting to see if somebody had been asked to take charge of the resolution. When it devolved upon the Minister to deal with other private business from the House of Representatives he did not want to postpone the consideration of the message until next day, but proposed to consider it on that day. We have not such a lot to do that we might not proceed to deal with this very important question now.

Senator Millen - Look at the business on the notice-paper.

Senator GIVENS - This resolution particularly concerns the State I represent, and I am anxious to see it dealt with. I intend to move an amendment. ,

Senator McGregor - If Senator Givens desires to take up the question, I withdraw.

Senator Millen - I object to your withdrawal.

Senator GIVENS - I move-

That all the words after the word " consideration " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " forthwith."

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