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Thursday, 28 April 1921


The CHAIRMAN - Order ! Will, the honorable senator please, resume his seat, r cannot admit that the fact of Senator Pratten having risen and merely addressed one sentence to the Chair has fulfilled the spirit of the Standing Orders. Will he, therefore, please resume his remarks upon the clause under discussion ?


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) -. - My recollection of the Standing Orders bearing upon the present situation- ist that any honorable senator has the right to speak- for fifteen minutes any number of times, in Committee, provided that some other honorable, senator has intervened on each occasion .


Senator Pearce - Is the honorable senator dissenting' from the Chairman'.' s ruling-?'


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - No.


The CHAIRMAN - Do I understand that Senator Pratten, has objected, to. my interpretation of the Standing. Orders, and; the President's rulings, thereon,, in which, he set aside a- decision of my own as Chairman of Committees?


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - No, sir..,


The CHAIRMAN - Then the question before the Committee has- to do 'with clause 9 - " Resignation of commission1." Does the honorable senator- propose to address himself to that matter?'







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