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Wednesday, 15 November 1905


Senator MACFARLANE (TASMANIA) - Because he considered there had been obstruction in dealing with the earlier clauses of the Bill. Even if there had been, honorable senators hurried over the later clauses without discussion, so as to enable clause 10 to be dealt with in what was considered fair time. I remember that Senator Symon moved an amendment on clause 7, and refrained from speaking on it in order to save time.


Senator Playford - The honorable member did speak on it.


Senator MACFARLANE - During the discussion the majority of honorable senators opposite were to be found in the chamber only when the division bell rang. We were talking to empty benches, and, in the circumstances, it is very unfair to accuse honorable senators onthis side of having obstructed the business of the Senate because they desired to ventilate matters which seemed to them to be of grave importance. I hope for the sake of the Senate that we shall have fair dealing in future.







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