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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator DALY (South Australia) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I should not like a misapprehension to be caused by what Senator Lawson has just said. This particular bill is not regarded by the Government as in any sense a formal one. It was impossible for the Government to bring it down prior to to-day. It is necessary, of course, if the treaty is to be ratified, for the bill to be passed by this Parliament before it goes into recess. The honorable senator will realize-

Senator Lawson - I realize the difficulty; but I say that it is unfortunate.

Senator DALY - I agree entirely with the honorable senator that it is unfortunate; butI think that he also will agree that, after one has had about five months of parliamentary sittings, one begins to become stale, and when there is the slightest chance of obtaining a vacation every one puts his best foot forward so as to bring nearer the time when " Good-bye " can be said to Canberra until probably the beginning of next winter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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