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Thursday, 4 August 1921

The CHAIRMAN (Senator Bakhap - Honorable senators have said something about facilitating the business of the Committee. Senator Gardiner has several times preferred a request to me to put the schedule page by page. Many able members of the Senate have occupied this chair before me, and a procedure has been observed in connexion with previous Tariffs which I do not desire to greatly vary; but there is something which the Committee might be willing to do in connexion with the question of the duties to be imposed under the British preferential Tariff. I cannot accept the suggestion that the schedule should be taken a page at a time, because that would interfere too greatly with the right of honorable senators to discuss the various items appearing on a page. But if Senator Gardiner cares to make a statement to the Committee that he is willing to accept a test vote on the first item on each page to decide the manner in which the Committee will deal with the British preferential Tariff, and to determine his attitude with respect to all the duties appearing in the British preferential column on the same page, I shall be prepared to- take the responsibility of putting such a test motion to the Committee, as I think that if that course were adopted it would facilitate the transaction of business.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is only so far as Senator Gardiner is concerned.

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