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Wednesday, 11 August 1926

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon J Newlands - I point out to the honorable senator that while the Senate is in committee the Chairman of Committees is responsible for the proper conduct of the business of this Chamber, The corn.mittee having passed clauses 2 and 3, particularly clause 3, which sets out the date from which the duties in the schedule shall commence, the requested amendment would stultify the bill, and nullify the decision of the committee itself in agreeing to clause 3. Had the honorable senator proposed to insert something in substitution of the words he desired to strike out, the Chairman possibly would have accepted his request, but the honorable senator has stated that it was his desire to make this bill as ridiculous as possible. It is not the function of this Senate to make itself ridiculous to please any honorable senator.

Senator Grant - I did not use the word " ridiculous."

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