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Tuesday, 27 May 1902

Mr DEAKIN - The honorable member for Coolgardie is, perhaps, not aware of the

Actual amount of work performed by Senator Dobson. He has acted as Chairman of Committees during the passing of a Supply Bill, during the discussion of the State Laws Recognition Bill, and also during the sittings of the committee upon the Post and Telegraph Bill. Senator Dobson thus did real work, which had it been done by an appointed chairman would have been paid for at the same rate. Not being a candidate for the position, Senator Dobson did the work until a chairman was elected, and the President of the Senate pressed for this amount. Each House owes some consideration to the other in matters of internal administration, and this falls within Affairs of the Senate, * with which we have practically little to do. Had the House of Representatives thought a similar payment necessary, we should have expected the Senate to accept our wish as a sufficient guarantee.

Mr A McLEAN (GIPPSLAND, VICTORIA) - Has the Senate expressed a wish, in any way, in regard to this item ?

Sir George Turner - I raised the question, and the President of the Senate officially expressed the opinion that the amount ought to be paid.

Mr DEAKIN - The chief point I wish to express is that, as between the two Houses, this is more a matter of courtesythan of criticism, and I suggest that it would be a graceful act to allow the Senate to determine this payment for themselves.

Mr Mahon - Under the circumstances, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Division 138. - (House of Representatives), Arrears, £850, agreed to.

Division 139. - (Miscellaneous), Arrears, £13.

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