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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice- President of the Executive Council) . -I regret very much that I was not in a position to notify honorable senatorsprivately of the action I have taken this morning. I submitted the motion at this stage rather than just prior to the usual motionfor the adjournment of the sitting, because, under the sessional orders, I thought that this was the proper time to submit it. The reasonwhy an adjournment is necessary has been explained already by Senator Lynch. Our numbers are so few that we can do the work in about half thetime occupied by another place. I . remind honorable senators of the rapid way in which yesterday we got through so many of the remaining clauses of the NavigationBill, which, according to Senator Givens, it has taken us seven years to consider. That will show the expedition that can be exercised by members of the Senate. I do not know whether that was due to the fact that Senator Givens was not present, but the honorable senator has expressed his intention to obstruct the measure in the future. That expression from the honorable senator was, I think, hardly fair. He should have been here yesterday to carry on his obstruction, and then it is quite evident we could not have proposed an adjournment to-day.

Senator Givens - When did I say I would obstruct the measure?

Senator McGREGOR - The honorable senator hinted that there are certain postponed clauses which he will take care are not passed in a hurry.

Senator Givens - I did not say that I would obstruct the measure. The honorable senator is grossly unfair in the matter.

Senator McGREGOR - I think I am dealing fairly with what the honorable senator said.

Senator Givens - Then I rise to a point of order. I did not say anything of the kind, and I object to the honorable senator continuing to say that I would obstruct the measure.

Senator de Largie - Withdraw the words.

Senator McGREGOR - I do not know that there is anything for me to withdraw.

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