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Thursday, 30 November 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - It will be remembered that on the 7th October, 1903, the Senate passed the following resolution: -

This Senate is of opinion that members of the Senate should, on motion " That the Senate do now adjourn," be permitted to debate questions not relevant to the motion.

In most cases a member of a legislative chamber enjoys the privilege of discussing on the ordinary motion to adjourn the House practically any matter which, in his opinion, is of urgency. That practice has teen followed since the resolution of the Senate was arrived at, although it has never been formally embodied in a standing order. In a recent report the Standing Orders Committee has recommended that the following be a new standing order, in lieu, of standing order 59 : -

59.   The adjournment of the Senate may be moved at any time by or on behalf of a Minister of the Crown, and on such motion matters irrelevant thereto may be debated.

I move -

That the report be now adopted.

Senator PEARCE(Western Australia).Contingent on the consideration of any report of the Standing Orders Committee, I gave notice of ray intention to move -

That the following new Standing Orders be adopted, viz. : - "319A. On a Bill to amend an existing Act an

Instruction can be given to a Committee to consider amendments which are not relevant to the subject-matter of the Sill, provided that such amendments are relevant to the subject-matter of the Act which it is proposed to amend." " 319B. An Instruction to a Committee of the

Whole requires notice, and can be moved before going into Committee on any question."

I ask leave, however, to amend the notice of motion.

Leave granted.

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