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Thursday, 20 November 1941

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable senator must confine his remarks to the amendment now before the committee.

Senator FOLL - Although I listened closely to what the Leader of the Senate had to say a few minutes ago, I did not hear him make one reference to the fishing industry. I merely wish to point cut-

Senator Collings - I rise to a point of order. I do not know how long my speech occupied, but I am sure that it was only a few minutes, and not once did I depart from the subject of the fishing industry.

The CHAIRMAN - That is not a point of order. An honorable senator is not entitled to interrupt the speech of anotherhonorable senator unless he has a. definitepoint of order to raise.

Senator FOLL - I am grateful for your protection, Mr. Chairman. This is not the first occasion on which the honorable senator has adopted a dictatorial attitude.

Senator Collings - I submit, Mr. Chairman, that the honorable senator is ignoring your direction thathe should confine his remarks to the amendment before the committee.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator will not be in order in continuing his speech on those lines.

Senator FOLL - Then I shall say this: This chamber has the responsibility of carefully reviewing this and other items contained in the sales tax schedule. With clue respect to the Leader of the Senate," who said that he would not alter one comma in the bill-

Senator Collings - I object strongly to such misrepresentation. I said nothing of the kind.

The CHAIRMAN - Honorable senators should have at least some knowledge of the Standing Orders. If an honorable senator has been misrepresented by another honorable senator, he has an opportunity by means of a personal explanation to correct- any misstatements.

Senator FOLL - The Opposition has a duty to perform in reviewing the Government's financial measures. As an indication of the necessity for honorable senators on this side of the chamber to peruse legislation introduced by the Government, 1 draw attention to the fact that when an income tax bill was hastily introduced into the House of Representatives, it contained so many defects that when attention was called to them by the Opposition the bill was -withdrawn. Therefore, it ill-becomes honorable senators to suggest that the Opposition is deliberately obstructing legislation, or is indulging in. practices calculated to hamper our war effort, merely because honorable senators on this side of the chamber desire to do something for an industry which is vital to this country. I again suggest to the Leader of the Senate that if he is looking for support from honorable senators on this side of the chamber, he should adopt a less dictatorial and less angry attitude when we submit constructive argument.

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