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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

The PRESIDENT - Order ! The practice of quoting from newspapers isdistinctly contrary to Standing Orders. No honorable senator is entitled to quote from newspapers, in asking questions, unless he is prepared to vouch for their accuracy. The rules of practice and procedure are direct and emphatic on that point. I have allowed quotations to be made hitherto for convenience, so that honorable senators might question Ministers about the exact details of matterswhich they wished to bring under notice, but the practice has been growing so much that I am afraid I shall not be justified in allowing it to continue at such great length. An honorable senator maydirect attention to the leading facts reviewed in an article, and ask for information in that way, but to quote the wholeof an article as has been done in thepast is distinctly contrary to the usual practice, and I am afraid I shall have tocurtail the privilege which honorablesenators have enjoyed, unless the Senate sees proper to alter the Standing Ordersin that direction.

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