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Friday, 15 December 1905


The PRESIDENT - Does Senator Croft think that that has anything to do with the third reading of this Bill?


Senator CROFT - I have been led into giving this illustration of my meaning. Having seen the sequel to one Bill, I believe that very quickly after the passing of this Bill, although I cannot put my finger on the point, we shall find a sequel provided for us. Fearing that something may happen, and believing that the principal Act is sufficiently good, I shall vote against the third reading.

Senator PULSFORD(New South Wales). - I listened with a little astonishment to the remarks of Senator Croft, because I think he must know, as probably every other senator knows, that for many months I have had on the notice-paper a motion which has been discussed on several occasions, and on which I have advocated that an arrangement should be made with Japan.


Senator Playford - It has nothing to do with this Bill, and therefore the honorable senator has no right to refer to it.


Senator Millen - Why did the Minister hold his tongue when Senator Croft was speaking ?


Senator Playford - I was drawn into it.


The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator was not drawn into it. Having made the statement which he did, I cannot prevent Senator Pulsford from replying to it. But, really, these remarks have nothing to do with this Bill.


Senator PULSFORD -Senator Croft said that my question is the sequel to the passing of the Immigration Restriction Amendment Bill, but it is quite consistent with the attitude I have adopted here for years, and therefore I cannot understand his remarks.







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