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Wednesday, 17 July 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - TheLeader of the Opposition must realize that this is the first day of sitting this week, and that a number of honorable senators have travelled from adjoining States. It has always been the practice that, when a debate on any subject was finished after 9 o'clock, the Senate would, in the usual course of things, adjourn. The Trade Marks Bill, the Service and Execution of Process Bill, and the Copyright Bill are all ready to be proceeded with, and I was prepared to move the second reading of one of them to-night.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir AlbertGould. - The Quarantine Bill also?

Senator McGREGOR - That Bill is not in my charge. It is in Senator Findley's hands, and, unfortunately, he is not very well, and has not been able to appear today. With respect to the temperature of the Senate, I must acknowledge that I myself have felt it to be rather chilly. But I thought that that was due to the lack of warmth in the criticism of the Government by the Opposition.

Senator St Ledger - I thought that was rather warm.

Senator McGREGOR - Oh, no; the party onthis side did their best to put a little life into it by interjections, but the criticism was so ineffective as to be chilly. It must be borne in mind that the wisest people cannot make provision against extremes, and although in ordinary circumstances the Senate may be warmed to our requirements, we have recently had one or two of the coldest nights of the year - the coldest, indeed, for many years. The matter is, however, in charge of the President, and I have no doubt that he will take notice of what has been said, as it is always his endeavour to attend to the comfort of honorable senators.

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