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Thursday, 23 November 1905

The CHAIRMAN - Does ' Senator Stewart propose to move a request in regard to the other item?

Senator STEWART - I see that it is absolutely hopeless to effect any reform in a Chamber constituted as this one appears to be. It is almost as hopeless to get economy here as it was to get electoral reform in the British House of Commons. I had not a single supporter for my motion for reducing the salary of the President. If any one had echoed my sweet voice when I said "Aye." most undoubtedly I should have called for a division; but I see that it is a forlorn hope. I need not move another request for a reduction of salary, for I am sure that if I did it would meet with a similar fate. I had a number of reductions to propose, but in the circumstances I abandon them.

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