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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator J B HAYES (Tasmania) .-- On the 9th May I was anxious that a certain report should he presented to the Senate, and when the procedure which was adopted did not allow of that being done I was greatly disappointed. I thought then, and I think now, that the procedure was wrong. I believe that Senator Givens has made out a ' very strong case. He has said that the traditions of the Senate should be preserved, and that what happened on 9th May should not be regarded as a precedent. I do not think it is likely to be so regarded. It must be remembered that the circum-r stances surrounding the sitting were exceptional; they are not likely to recur. A member of the Royal Family was in attendance to perform a specific duty, and the noticepaper was specially designed to enable the proceedings' to be brought to a conclusion without the slightest hitch. .The report of the Public Accounts Committee has since been presented, and we might very well allow the matter to rest. After the splendid speech that has been delivered by Senator Givens, in his anxiety to preserve the honour and traditions of the Senate, no Government would dream of again departing from the usual practice. No good can result from the passage of the motion. The honorable senator has practically won the battle, and if I were in his place I should withdraw the motion. If he does not I shall vote against it.

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