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Thursday, 1 December 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - The Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Pearce) in giving reasons for moving the suspension of the Standing Orders to enable him to move a certain motion, might, at this juncture at least, have refrained from making a direct charge against one of the parties to the dispute. It would have been better to have omitted any reference of a contentious nature until the Standing Orders had been suspended. In effect the right honorable gentleman invited honorable senators on this side of the chamber to obstruct the Government, and prevent the motion being carried. If there is any urgency in the matter, it could have been considered in an entirely different manner from that which the Government proposes. Had the Government realized its responsibilities earlier there would have been no need to act in the manner proposed. I do not intend to debate the motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders, and so far as I am personally concerned, I shall not offer any objection to it.

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