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Wednesday, 29 June 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I do not know whether it is competent for us to increase the votes set out in the schedule. We might send a request to another place to increase the amount proposed for the equipment of the Senate. I am perfectly satisfied from the -experience of the last few months, since the President has been wearing a wig at the request of a large number cf honor-able senators, that there are other things necessary to maintain " the dignity of this Chamber. Why not a mace? In another place they have the mace as well as the wig, and the Senate would seem to be somewhat behind in this- matter., I think that, in order to keep up the dignity of the Senate, an officer carrying a mace should be required to bear it twice round the chamber before placing it at the head of the table, which is really the proper place for it, and not .at the foot, as is done in another Chamber.

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