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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - If the Government intend to force a test of physical capacity, I shall be prepared to carry on for as long as any other honorable senator. The Committee is trying to do its duty. I cannot plead guilty to wasting time.


Senator RUSSELL - Much time has been wasted by speeches upon unimportant matters.


Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - By the Minister himself. There are experts among the members of this Committee, who will be able to speak with complete knowledge of their subjects. I desire to hear them, in order to record intelligent votes. The eyes of a .great many of my constituents are upon my actions in this Chamber, and I desire to justify my every word and vote. If it is a waste of time to discuss the Tariff, why do not the Government announce that they desire the schedule to be returned to another place without the slightest alteration? If they do make such an announcement, I shall support the abolition of the Senate.







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