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Wednesday, 20 June 1906

Mr GROOM (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Home Affairs) - I ask the honorable member to give notice of his question for to-morrow.

Mr Glynn - The American practice provides for the contingency referred to by the honorable member for Coolgardie.

Mr GROOM - Under the Constitution a Senator enters upon the discharge of his duties on the 1st January following the date of his election, and continues to hold office thenceforward for. a period of six years, though during the last year a new Senator may be elected.

Mr Glynn - That has happened in America.

Mr GROOM - Yes. So long as a man is legally a member of the Senate he is entitled to attend any meeting of Parliament to which he is summoned. However, I shall look further into the matter, and give the honorable member an answer tomorrow.

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