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Thursday, 14 July 1921

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon T Givens (QUEENSLAND) - I would remind the honorable senator that it has been laid down upon several occasions by my predecessors that there must be only the vaguest reference to any Bill which is under consideration in another place. The reason for the practice is obvious, because if such a measure were to be discussed and Opinions expressed upon it in this chamber, it might be regarded as an interference with the right of another branch of the Legislature to freely discuss it. This rule has been laid down by my predecessors, and I think that it is a very good rule. Of course, the Senate will have a full opportunity of expressing its opinion upon the measure at a subsequent period. I have allowed the honorable senator to make a general reference to it. but I hope that he will not proceed further upon the lines which he is now pursuing.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Upon a point of order, may I remind you, sir, that last evening Senator Fairbairn devoted practically the whole of his speech to the Tariff Board Bill, which is now engaging the attention of another place.

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