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Thursday, 5 August 1926

The PRESIDENT - Order ! "'

Senator GRANT -- The whole of the Nationalist party, in Sydney, after being addressed by Senator Pearce--

The PRESIDENT - Order !

Senator GRANT - Changed its mind.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator will kindly take his seat. I have called order on several occasions. The honorable gentleman will have to learn that the Chair is entitled to respect. ' He will also have to learn that when I call for order he, in common with every other honorable senator, is expected to obey the ruling of the Chair. I shall see that in future he does so. Senator Foll, by interjection, introduced a subject quite foreign to the matter under consideration, and I summoned him to order; but when I called Senator Grant to order he continued to discuss the irrelevant matter that had been introduced. I ask him to obey the presiding officer ; otherwise, action will have to be taken.

Senator GRANT - I had not the slightest desire to contravene your ruling, Mr. President. My remarks were due to inadvertence. I appeal finally to the Minister to regard this case as typical of many others. I suggest that if in future an application is rejected for a reason such as that advanced in this instance, and it is subsequently established that the applicant was entitled to the pension, the application should be regarded as continuous. Mrs. Patterson should not be deprived of her legitimate right on a mere technicality. I hope that the Minister will instruct the department to deal sympathetically with this case.

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