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Friday, 2 September 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I was rather pleased at the remarks made by the Leader of the Government in this Chamber (Senator E. D. Millen) concerning the work of the session, and the prospect of a short recess. I have no desire to complain of. the work done by the Senate during the session, although much of it has been in opposition to my principles. It was excellent work from the Protectionist stand-point, and I do not forget that the whole of the country has become Protectionist. But if the Government think that this fact justifies them in voting out preferential duties-

The PRESIDENT - Order ! The honorable senator is not in order in referring to the work of the session.

Senator GARDINER - I realized that I would not be, and I have no desire to add anything to what I have already said. But surely I would be in order in commenting on the election, by the people, of a Protectionist Parliament, and its effect on the Tariff. However, I have no desire to do so now. I shall conclude by joining in the good wishes expressed by the Leader of the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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