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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2071

Senator NEGUS (Western Australia) - I feel obliged to speak on this matter because I approached the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate and requested that he endeavour to have the Senate sit tomorrow and on Saturday if he thought that we could get through the business. My objective was to save the people about $12,000 or $14,000 in fares. If the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill is so important, we should not rush it. We should go through and complete all the other Bills. I was influenced in my request by the fact that we are all here. If honourable senators opposite think that they can influence the Queensland election by going there tomorrow, one day before the election is held, they amaze me. Personally, I find that most honourable senators do not do very much on Fridays and Mondays because we are travelling home or coming back here. My request was. an endeavour to avoid the possibility of our using a lot of the people's finances by travelling back to Perth unnecessarily. I feel that we could get through the business if we sat on Friday or Saturday and I therefore support the motion.

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