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Wednesday, 4 May 1921

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator is not entitled to make two speeches on the question. He has spoken on the main question, and has exhausted his right in that respect. He is now only entitled to give reasons why Senator Gardiner's amendment should or should not be accepted. I must now ask him to confine himself to that aspect of the -question, and not debate the main issue.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Very well, Mr. President, I shall respect your ruling, and confine myself to my reasons for seconding Senator Gardiner's amendment. I say that, so far as the secondary industries of the Commonwealth are concerned - I refer to all those industries allied with the wool trade - we must be extremely careful about going back to the conditions that appertained to the period of wool control. I desire to conserve my rights as a member of this Chamber to see that every " i " is dotted, and every '.' t " is crossed in connexion with legislation submitted for my approval or otherwise, and so far as I can see the regulations which the Government may make will not enable me to do this. Therefore, I support Senator Gardiner's amendment, that the proposals of the Government be embodied in a specific measure. I am doing this with no other desire than to help, the wool growers in the best possible, way.

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