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Thursday, 24 October 1912


The PRESIDENT - Order !


Senator ST LEDGER - I ask pardon if I have transgressed the Standing Orders. I know what happens in the Senate. When constitutional questions are raised here, they are answered by the VicePresident of the Executive Council with a gibe from the latest joke-book, and the honorable senator turns to his supporters as though he would say, " Do you not see the joke, and will you not laugh?" However, the constitutional objections remain clear and palpable, wide as a church door, and deep as a well, and I say, in addition, that, from the industrial point of view, this measure can only make confusion worse confounded in this important industry.







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