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Friday, 2 September 1921

The PRESIDENT - An honorable senator must not speak disrespectfully of the Parliament, or the work accomplished by Parliament.

Senator LYNCH - Then I shallspeak of recent happenings from the point of view of that type of citizen that turns his back upon the cities and towns, and goes out to carve a home for himself in the wilderness. I believe that his lot will be made much harder as the result of what has been done in this Senate.

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honorable senator is not entitled to say that. He has had ample opportunity during the past five weeks to express his opinion on that or any, other subject.

Senator LYNCH - Recent happenings, of which I have not approved-

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honorable senator must not disobey the Chair. If he disagrees with my ruling, there is a proper procedure for him to adopt, namely, to move that it be disagreed with. 1 rule the honorable senator out of order in proceeding on those lines.

Senator LYNCH - I Bay that the lot of those citizens has been made harder as the result of recenthappenings in this Senate.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator must not persist in speaking along those lines. He has had ample opportunity during thesession to express his opinion, and I have not the slightest doubt that he took every advantage of his right. He is not in order now in reflecting in any way upon the work of the Parliament. I ask him to respect the ruling of the Chair.

Senator LYNCH - Shall I be out of order if I refer to the proposals which this Government brought before Parliament?

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator is entitled to speak on almost any subject he chooses, but 'he must not transgress my ruling with regard to his references to the work of the session.

Senator LYNCH - I presume, then, that I shall be in order if I make' reference to the policy upon which the Government were elected, andby virtue ofwhich they now occupy the Treasury benches. The Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) speaking at Bendigo, declared that, if Australia is ever to became a great nation, its greatness must rest upon a basis of land settlement. The Prime Minister's references to that subject occupied no less than 24 inches of newspaper space, whereas his remarks on the Tariff occupied only about 4 inches. I should like to add that the lot of these citizens has been made infinitely harder on account of recent events-

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honorable senator must not transgress my ruling, and make any reflection upon the work of the session in relation to the Tariff. He must not endeavour to say indirectly what I have prevented him from saying directly.

Senator LYNCH - Then, Mr. President, I shall resume my seat, but will take advantage of every opportunity elsewhere to deal with the work of this session as it affects the lot of the pioneers of this country.

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