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Thursday, 28 April 1921

The CHAIRMAN (Senator' Bakhap (TASMANIA) - Order i I. draw attention to the fact that Standing Orders' for the conduct of debate have been established,- and that ai certain.- ruling of the- President has overthrown a decision which. I had. given on this- matter in Committee: I cannot allow the spirit of. the President's rulings to be set. aside by what I. might term a nominal compliance with the provision that, one honorable senator must rise in his. place and speak before the honorable senator who has just resumed his seat may get up and1 address the Committee again. The Standing Orders must be observed in the spirit as- well", as* in the- letter, and it would ill become me to permit a ruling of the President to be over-ridden' by the< merely formal intervention' of one- honorable senator' in order to> allow another who has been arbitrarily interrupted^ to resume . his remarks. It is my duty to see that an honorable senator who rises at the conclusion of the fifteen minutes occupied, by another- shall address himself, intelligently and. for a reasonable period, at least, to the matter under discussion-.

Senator Gardiner - I think that after that lengthy speech, from, the Chair I shall, be complying with the: Standing Orders- if I now resume 1 my remarks'.

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