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Wednesday, 23 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) .- I have again to direct attention to the strange attitude adopted by the Government in conducting the. business of this Chamber. Apparently Ministers seem to think that it is quite sufficient for them to get up and propose something, without condescending to give honorable senators' any reason why they should take such action as ' is proposed. If we are to understand that that is to Be the method of conducting business, and that honorable senators supporting the Government are prepared to indorse it, there is really no reason why we should continue to attend this Chamber. The position is so extraordinary that I can hardly believe that the Government are serious in persisting in it. We have here an important amendment made' in this Bill as it left the Senate. We are asked by the- Government to reject it in favour of an alternative .proposal made by themselves. There must be some reason for it, and it is certainly due to the Committee that the Government should say what the reason is. I shall be glad to resume my seat if the Vice-President of the .Executive Council is prepared to give the Committee the reasons, for the motion, he has proposed. Senator McGregor. - Certainly.

Senator MILLEN - I shall be glad to hear them, but I am bound to say that I think the honorable senator should have given them in submitting his motion.

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