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Thursday, 23 November 1905

The PRESIDENT - The question of the anticipation of debate on a notice of motion has been under the consideration of the Standing Orders Committee for some time. Various members of the Committee have suggested alterations, but none of them has been considered to be satisfactory. In fact, it is rather a difficult question. At the last meeting of the Standing Orders Committee, which I called to consider it, I had no quorum, and, therefore, was unable to proceed. The motion referred to by Senator Smith would have to be taken under the present rules of the Senate, but I am inclined to give a very liberal interpretation to them, because I recognise that an honorable senator, by putting a notice of motion on the paper, and postponing it, may be able to block the consideration of the subject to which his motion refers. Therefore, I do not propose to rule that Senator Smith's motion is out of order.

Senator STANIFORTH SMITH - Do I understand that you will permit the discussion on the motion to which I have referred to proceed?

The PRESIDENT - Yes, it has already been debated. A motion can be proceeded with when once it has been moved.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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