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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) [4.7]. - I urge the committee not to accept the amendment. I shall not discuss the merits or the demerits of the case which has been made out .for the removal of the party system from this chamber. I question very much whether the proposed new clause would achieve the object that the honorable senator has in view. If a man belonged to an organization there would be nothing to prevent his resigning if he contemplated submitting himself as a candidate for the Senate.

Senator Ogden - He would not be able to take part in the meetings of the caucus.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.Does the honorable senator suggest that, after a man had been elected to this, chamber, he would be disqualified if ha took part in a caucus meeting?

Senator Ogden - Such action on his part would be evidence of membership of a party.

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - Senator Needham asserted that members of the party to which I belong were responsible for making this a party chamber. Honorable senators on both sides are well aware that until the Labour party arrived on the scene the second chambers in both the States and the Commonwealth were not party chambers.

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