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Thursday, 5 December 1935

The PRESIDENT - The bill relates to trade and commerce with other countries and among the States in wheat and wheat products. There is no reference in it, either directly or indirectly, to a pool of any description.

Senator Brennan - That is so.

The PRESIDENT - The amendment introduces an element foreign to the bill. Instea'd of dealing with the regulation of trade and commerce the amendment proposes the establishment of a compulsory wheat pool, and if it were accepted would not achieve the end which the bill is designed to achieve. Therefore, I rule that the amendment is not relevant to the bill, and is out of order.

Senator Collings - Are you aware, Mr. President, that this amendment was accepted in the House of Representatives ?

The PRESIDENT - The Standing Orders of Parliament, like the laws of a country, allow on occasions of different interpretations.

Senator Sir George Pearce - The Standing Orders of the House of Representatives may not be the same as the Standing Orders of. this chamber.

Senator Collings - Surely an amendment cannot be out -of order in one chamber and in order in another.

The PRESIDENT - I am obliged to be guided solely by the Standing Orders of the Senate, and cannot pay any attention to what may have been done elsewhere. I rule the amendment out of order.

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