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Thursday, 3 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I am not aware, sir, although I may be wrong, that there is any standing order which empowers you to rule out a request because it is of. the character suggested. I should not like to think that we are acting under a misapprehension. I would suggest to Senator Vardon that, under the circumstances, he might withdraw his request.

Senator Vardon - I have moved that the other Chamber be requested to make an amendment in the title of the Bill.

The CHAIRMAN - And I have refused to accept the honorable senator's proposal. If he does not agree with my ruling, he must submit a motion to disagree with it.

Senator Vardon - I did not hear any reasons assigned as to why the proposal is out of order.

The CHAIRMAN - I have ruled that it is out of order.

Senator Vardon - I should like to know upon what standing order your ruling is based ?

The CHAIRMAN - If the honorable senator chooses to challenge my ruling I will give my reasons for it.

Senator Vardon - I do not wish to occupy time unnecessarily, because I recognise that I shall not gain anything by so doing. I have already entered my protest against the Bill.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 2 to 5, schedules, and title agreed to.

Bill reported without requests; report adopted.

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