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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator W RUSSELL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) .-- I entirely agree with the remarks of Senator Givens. At this period of the year the weather is admirably suited to travelling, and after having enjoyed such a long recess surely the Government have some business for us to transact. Ministers did not consult me in regard to this motion. I am opposed to it, and I am also opposed to the attitude which has been taken up by Senator de Largie. I would not like to inflict an injustice upon any State, but the representatives of Western Australia only arrived in Melbourne a week or two ago, so that on this occasion they have a very poor excuse to put forward. To suggest that the Senate is an unnecessary branch of the Legislature, even by way of fun, is entirely out of place. Perish the thought. We must have State rights recognised and protected. I enter my protest against the unpreparedness of the Government to proceed with the work of the Commonwealth.

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