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Thursday, 2 October 1913

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) . - I dissent from this motion, because I think it means an unnecessary waste of time on the part of the Government.

Senator Millen - I shall withdraw the motion if there is any objection from the Opposition.

Senator PEARCE - The motion may be withdrawn, so far as I am concerned. Legislation ought to be introduced in this chamber by the Government, who are ^responsible for its initiation; and there are several measures of a non-party character, such as a Bankruptcy Bill, that might well be considered. The- Government, however, are deliberately keeping those measures in another place, and putting them at the bottom of the noticepaper, while they and their supporters :go round the country declaring that they are unable to proceed with, the business because of obstruction in the Senate. In this the Government are hypocritical, because they know very well that the measures to which I have referred could be dealt with here.

Senator Lt.-ColonelO'LOGHLIN (South Australia) [6.26].- If the Government have any business, I hope we shall re-assemble next week; .buib I protest against senators being brought from distant States to sit for two or three hours on one or two days-. We ought, if it be necessary, to adjourn for a week or two, especially if there is no more business than we have had during the last week.

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