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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) , - I have no objection to urge to the course proposed by the Minister of Defence in the very novel circumstances with which the Government are confronted. I suggest, however, . that having delivered his second-reading speech, he might consider whether it would not be reasonable then to follow the usual course and allow the continuation of the debate to stand over until to-morrow.

Senator Pearce - I have said that if any honorable senator desires that there will be no objection.

Senator MILLEN - I am suggesting' that that would be the better course to follow. The honorable senator has said that we are aware of the purpose of the

Bill, but while I know its purpose, I have not seen the measure, and know nothing of its details. It is not desirable that we should deal with such matters in a perfunctory way, and it would be better that honorable senators should be given time to inform themselves as to the details of the measure of which they are asked to express approval.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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