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Tuesday, 14 November 1905


Senator GIVENS (Queensland) - After all this personal explanation, I desire to proceed with the discussion of the clause.


Senator Sir Josiah Symon - It would be only courteous to the Committee if the Minister of Defence would say whether or not he intends to proceed with the remaining clauses of the Bill.


Senator Dobson - Before the Minister replies-


Senator Playford - I have already informed honorable senators that I intend to go on with the business.


Senator Dobson - I should like to say-


Senator GIVENS - Who has the chair?


The CHAIRMAN -This discussion must end.


Senator GIVENS - We have been kept hero all day by obstructive tactics.


Senator Dobson - Is the honorable senator going to move an amendment?


Senator GIVENS - I intend to discuss the clause.


Senator Dobson - Then the honorable senator is simply " stone-walling " the Bill.


Senator GIVENS - The clause is animportant one, which requires discussion.


Senator Dobson - It is a farce to pretend before the country that we are doing business.


Senator GIVENS - Some of the things which Senator Dobson has done in his time, in his own country, have not been much of a farce, I can fell him. I propose to do business.


Senator Dobson - The honorable senator is not doing business; he is supporting the clause.


The CHAIRMAN - Order! I sincerely hope the Senate, which, I believe, has the highest reputationthroughout this Commonwealth for the orderly conduct of business, will not do anything to damage that reputation.


Senator GIVENS - If any honorable senator wishes to move an amendment I am prepared to give way.

Motion (by Senator Sir Josiah Symon) proposed -

That the Chairman report progress, - and ask leave to sit again.







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