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Friday, 15 December 1911

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - I hope that the Government will adhere to their intention to meet at half-past 10 o'clock on Monday morning. While sympathizing with those who are in the position just mentioned by Senator Symon, I would point out that there are not many hours remaining before the close of the session. As the intention is to prorogue before Christmas, every hour is valuable, and useful work might be done.A number of honorable senators who have been waiting in Melbourne for weeks and weeks, can attend at that hour, and take part in the discussion on the Tariff Bill. I do not think that any inconvenience will be caused to those who may be unable to return to Melbourne until after mid-day on Monday, or, in perhaps a few cases, even until after mid-day on Tuesday.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - Tuesday morning ! I am not pressing the suggestion. It is merely a matter of convenience.

Senator O'KEEFE - I would suggest that it is also a matter of convenience for a number of honorable senators to sit on Monday morning. I believe that it will meet the general convenience if we meet on Monday morning at half-past 10 o'clock, adjourning, of course, at the usual hour to-day. I ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council to adhere to his intention.

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