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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator AMOUR (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has your attention, Mr. President, been drawn to a report published in the Sydney Sun, on the 30th January last, of a Country party conference in New South Wales, at which Senator Abbott is reported to have said, " The present Senate was not of the calibre it used to be, and senators were tending to become mere rubber stamps " ? Senator Abbott bitterly attacked the present grouping system, and claimed that the present poor quality of senators was mainly due to that system.

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