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Thursday, 28 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr. Deputy President

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT. - The motion may not be debated, because the Senate has determined to recognise it as a formal motion. .

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - There is some misunderstanding, then.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT.- No objection was offered when I asked if the motion were formal or not formal.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Seeing that there is a misunderstanding, would it not be possible to ask again whether the Senate wishes the motion to be treated as formal ? In the House of Representatives, the procedure that we follow in regard to formal business is not known, and I am more accustomed to that procedure than to the procedure of this Chamber.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT. - Ample opportunity was given to honorable senators to object to the motion being taken as formal, and no objection was raised; therefore I must putthe question.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Minister press for this?

Senator Pearce - I have nothing to do with the matter. I merely called "formal," on behalf of the Government, when Mr. Deputy President asked whether the motion was formal or not formal.

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