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Friday, 8 September 1911

The PRESIDENT - It being 4 o'clock, it is my duty, in accordance with the recent sessional order, to put the question -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

Senator Chataway - Will Senator St. Ledger have the right to continue his speech if the question is carried?

The PRESIDENT - Yes. He will have the first call when the debate is resumed. _ Senator Millen. - Am I to understand, sir, that this question is not open to debate, and that, if carried, it will preclude the possibility of an honorable senator questioning a Minister or ventilating a matter ? - The PRESIDENT. - The question is not open to debate, though, of course, it can be negatived by the Senate.

Senator Millen - On the motion for adjournment it has been customary to question a Minister as to the order of business.

The PRESIDENT - That has been done under standing order 62, whichreads -

The adjournment of the Senate may be moved at any time by, or on behalf of, a Minister of the Crown, and on such motion matters irrelevant thereto may be debated.

On the present occasion the question is put under a sessional order which was recently passed by the Senate. Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 4.2 p.m.

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