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Thursday, 4 June 1914

The PRESIDENT - Before calling on the next business, I desire to point out that the order of the business appears on the notice-paper as it does because of my direction. It seems that while. I was temporarily absent from the chamber last night there was some doubt as to whether the suspension of the Standing Orders for the specific purpose of dealing with certain Bills could or could not apply to those Bills when other business had intervened. The suspension of the Standing Orders was specifically moved to deal with particular subjects, and that suspension will apply until those subjects are finally dealt with, unless the Senate otherwise orders. If honorable senators will look at the first volume of Rulings of thePresident they will find that in ruling 36.1, Sir Richard Chaffey Baker ruled -

If the Standing Orders are suspended to enable a Bill to pass through its remaining stages without delay, necessarily they are suspended for that purpose until the Billhas passed its final stage.

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