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Friday, 15 December 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Senator Pearce has asked me what has been done in regard to the- promise I made relating to public servants who are hot allowed, in certain cases, to take positions on municipal bodies, and so forth. T may inform the honorable senator that the matter has not been lost sight of. It has been brought under the notice of the Government, and submitted to the Minister of Home Affairs, who will call attention to it in Cabinet at an early date. The record of. the attendance of honorable senators is always printed, but I agree with Senator Pearce that it would be far more interesting and useful if a printed list showing the attendance at divisions were issued. Under the present method, an honorable senator may attend for only a few minutes, and yet he is recorded as having remained for the entire sitting. This affords no real criterion as to the amount of attention any honorable senator may give to his parliamentary duties; and a return of the attendance at divisions would afford more information.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 4.21 p m.

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