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Friday, 5 December 1930

Senator DALY(South Australia -

Vice-President of the Executive Council) [3.25]. - I move-

That the Senate, at its rising, adjourn till Tuesday, 9th December, at 3 p.m.

As the result of a conference with the Acting Prime Minister I am able to inform the Senate that, in addition to the legislation that is at present before it, the Government may find it necessary to introduce amendments to the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act. Notice of such a bill has been given, but the urgency or otherwise of its introduction will depend upon the reasons for the judgment given by the High Court on Monday. It is also proposed to amend the Northern Territory Administration Act and theRed Hill to Port Augusta Act, the latter depending upon legalquestions which are at present being investigated. In addition, and this will bc good news to the representatives of Western Australia, it is proposed to introduce a Gold Bounty Bill.

In order that we may, if possible, clean up the business-sheet next week, I am asking honorable senators to sit a day earlier than usual. I understand that another place will send the bills along to us with all celerity, and it may even be necessary to ask honorable senators to sit a little later every evening.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia) [3.27]. - I am sure that I speak for all on this side of the chamber when I say thatwe cordially support the motion. It is our desire that an endeavour should be made to finish the business of this session by Friday next, and I see no reason why that should not be accomplished. It certainly will not be for lack of co-operation on the part of the Opposition. We shall be brief in our speeches, as we do not desire to Labour any of the bills that have to be deal with. Parliament has been sitting for quite a considerable time this year, and many of us have had little opportunity to be in our constituencies, or homes. I, therefore, urge upon the Government the desirability of finishing the business of the session by to-day week, so that those of us who reside in distant, States may return to our homes for the Christmas season. Members of the. Opposition arewilling to help the Government by sitting later than ordinarily and, if necessary, by devoting one or two mornings next week to the business of the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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