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Thursday, 22 March 1928

Senator KINGSMILL ("Western Australia) . - This is the first time I have heard such heated objection to the recommittal of a bill or any part of a bill for a special purpose. If Senator Chapman had sought to have the whole schedule recommitted, there might have been some reason for objection. I notice that most of the opposition comes from honorable senators whose States have benefited by the tariff. This is not an effort on the part of Senator Chapman to reverse a decision already arrived at, because, in committee there was no discussion of item 152. Senator Chapman was anxious to move a request but was not given the opportunity to do so - my recollection of what happened is the same as his - and in the circumstances it is only a matter of courtesy to an honorable senator in the predicament of Senator Chapman to extend to him the privilege of saying what he wished to say, but missed the opportunity of saying, when the schedule was originally under discussion. If the Senate agrees to recommit the bill in the terms of this motion it will be for the purpose of discussing item 152 alone. I do not think it would be very long under discussion, and of course the result would be fairly well assured.

Senator Lynch - That is all the more reason why the Government should be chivalrous in the matter.

Senator KINGSMILL - Exactly. Between the permanent and temporary protectionists -

Senator Givens - And secondary protectionists.

Senator Herbert Hays - And wobblers.

Senator KINGSMILL - Having regard to all these, the temporary protectionists and those who have received benefits from the schedule, which in some cases have been ill bestowed, the end of the discussion is fairly well assured. ..Why, therefore, the Minister should object ,to the recommittal of the schedule for the purpose of further considering item 152 surprises me. He should be the last to deprive any honorable senator of the right to offer criticism of an item unless, possibly, that criticism is feared.

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