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Thursday, 26 October 1911

Second Reading. (Debate resumed from page 1852.)

Senator E.J. RUSSELL (Victoria) [8.47"!. - Just before the debate was adjourned I was dealing with the scheme of Senator Vardon to secure a more democratic system of representation in the Senate as an alternative to a proposal which had been made by some imaginary party for the abolition of the Senate. At all events, it was an endeavour on his part to build up a case against the Labour party, on the statement of one individual, that it was our intention to abolish the Senate, and to prevent that, and to make the Senate more representative, which I understand was his guiding motive, he desired to introduce a system of proportional representation.

Senator Vardon - No; I only quoted a motion which was to be proposed.

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