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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator KEANE (Victoria) .- I reiterate that I am not opposing this measure because I realize that the Government must have money, but my opposition to the procedure which has been adopted will continue during the remainder ofthe proceedings in this chamber to-night as a practical protest against the Government's method of handling business. To hand a bill to honorable senators who are in complete ignorance of the act which it mentions, the use to which the money will beput, and the procedure by which it is to be raised, is beyond the bounds of reason. I recollect that in May and December of last year honorable senators scrambled through the consideration of measures that should have been given very careful attention, in order to oblige the House of Representatives and help Ministers in the discharge of public business. Had the Ministry adopted a commonsense method of presenting business to this chamber, no troublewould have occurred here this evening. The Leader of the Senate (Senator McLeay) should prepare a roster setting out a. list of the bills due for consideration so that honorable senators would have an opportunity to discharge their duties properly. Many honorable senators left for their homesthis evening in ignorance of the fact that fourteen bills were to be introduced into this chamber after we had completed our consideration of the child endowment measures. If they were present now, I venture to say that these divisions would have been fairly closely contested. Some honorable senators are prepared to follow slavishly the wishes of the House of Representatives. I am not willing to do so for the reason that I have announced.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. J. B. Hayes). - Order! The honorable senator should confine his remarks to the bill.

Senator KEANE - My two colleagues and I are protesting not against the actual legislation, but against the method used by the Government in presenting it to this chamber. I am amazed that any honorable senator on this side of the chamber should so lightly take his responsibilities as to vote with the Government-

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