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Thursday, 16 November 1911

The CHAIRMAN - Section96 of the principal Act reads -

No person who is at the date of nomination or who was at any time within fourteen days prior to the date of nomination a member of the Parliament of a State, shall be capable of being nominated as a senator, or as a member of the House of Representatives.

It seems to me that under our Standing Orders, and following the precedents which have already been established, the proposal . of Senator Lynch is not in order. Whilst it is relevant to the principal Act, it is not relevant to the Bill under consideration, which seeks to amend that Act. His best course would have been to endeavour to secure an instruction to the Committee.

Senator Lynch - At what stage can I obtain that instruction?

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator is too late now. The standing order distinctly states that notice must be given of any honorable senator's intention to obtain an instruction to the Committee, before the second reading of the Bill has been carried.

Senator Rae - I wish to know whether we are bound by precedents, unless reasons can be given why those precedents were established? Why should we be mere slaves to precedents?

The CHAIRMAN - I would point out that a resolution has been carried affirming that the decisions of the Chair, if they have been accepted by the Senate, shall have the force of Standing Orders. Consequently the decisions which form the precedents to which the honorable senator has alluded have all the force of Standing Orders.

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