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Friday, 3 October 1902

Mr REID (East Sydney) - I wish to point out how utterly the power and the dignity of this House will be frittered away if we, in a mere spirit of bluff, keep on taking up positions from which we ultimately intend to recede without a word. Here we have a .number of amendments for which we fought almost to the death, and yet the Senate is .now treating .us like a lot of little children, and forcing us to swallow the very things we swore we would never .accept. We ought to .give way when we,can do so with .dignity. In this House we .had the Minister urging us to .adhere steadfastly to .a certain proposal, while his .colleague in the Senate advised members of that Chamber to insist on an opposite course. What a travesty of responsible ' government ! Is it any wonder that we are humiliated, and that the members of the Senate have this session proved themselves the strong men of Parliament % ' We knew that we should have to give way on this point, and we ought to have taken that step when we could do so with dignity.

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