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Thursday, 21 July 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I must vote against the amendment. I showed, by the vote which I gave on the second reading of the Bill, that I am altogether against the appointment of the proposed Tariff Board. It seems to me that the amendment would merely add to our difficulties if it were adopted. I interjected just now that the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) forgot, when we were discussing the Defence Bill, to apply the principle which he has just now laid down with so much emphasis.

Senator Pearce - I rise to a point of order. Only just now you, sir, prevented me referring to the Defence Bill, and in the circumstances I think that the honorable senator should not be allowed to r©f Gr to it

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - I was listening very carefully to the remarks of Senator Elliott. He had not proceeded sufficiently far with his argument to enable me to determine whether he Avas in order or not. A passing allusion to the matter in question is in order but no lengthy discussion can be permitted of the principles of any measure other than that under consideration.

Senator Pearce - I rise to a point of order. Senator Elliott has just announced his intention to refer to the attitude which I took up in dealing with the Defence Bill.

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