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Thursday, 17 November 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - In supporting the posi-tion of the Senate on this item, I quote from a little book which lies on the table, and which was compiled by a former Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Boydell. He quotes the opinion of an eminent constitutional authority to this effect: -

A strong Senate will compel attention to its' suggestions; a weak one will not insist upon its amendments.

Honorable senators should realize tha scant consideration given to our suggestions by another place. Some 400 decisions of another place will be embodied in the new Tariff, whilst not halfadozen suggestions from the Senate are accepted. I will not debate the item further than to repeat the constitutional opinion that a strong Senate will insist upon its suggestions and a weak one will not.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is this a mere trial of strength between the two Houses ?

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