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Friday, 8 December 1911

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - Whilst every honorable senator will agree with the proposal that the Senate should adjourn at this . unusual hour today, I do think that if the same peculiar circumstances arise in the future-as they are likely to do - it might be well for the Government to make arrangements for extra hands to take shorthand notes of our debates.

Senator Millen - Competent men cannot be obtained.

Senator O'KEEFE - I think it is quite possible that arrangements might be made with some efficient shorthand writers.

Senator Millen - One docs not know that an all-night sitting will take place until a brutal Government forces it.

Senator O'KEEFE - Even though the Government are taking this humane course to-day, we know that on several other occasions during the present short session the powers of the Hansard staff have been unduly strained - strained almost to the breaking-point. Human nature must give way if too big a strain be imposed upon it. I think that the Government should endeavour to make extraordinary arrangements to meet extraordinary circumstances whenever they may arise.

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