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Wednesday, 13 April 1921

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon T Givens - It will be remembered that some time ago Senator Bakhap expressed regret that the old practice of the Senate with regard to the wearing of official dress by tbe Presiding Officer was not adhered to. I stated at the time that it was a matter entirely for the Senate itself. The old practice of wearing the wig and gown was laid aside in 1910, at the expressed wish of a then majority of the Senate. When I first took office in 1913 that had been the established practice for the previous three years: I thought it my bounden duty, following out the expressed wish of the majority of the Senate and the practice established for the preceding three years, to continue the practice that I found in vogue. However, as I said, it was a matter entirely for the Senate, and not one for me to decide. Honorable senators will remember that in the election of the President the usual form is for the President-elect to submit himself to the pleasure of the Senate. I think that is the duty of every gentleman who occupies the honorable position that I fill.

Last week I received a request signed by an overwhelming majority of the Senate that the old practice should be revived. I feel in honour bound to obey the desire and wish of the majority of the Senate, and' now intimate that I intend to comply with that request as soon as the necessary articles can be procured, probably next week.

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