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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

The PRESIDENT - I wish to call the attention of the Senate to standing order 56, which says: -

When the attention of the President, or of the Chairman of Committees, has been called to the fact that there is not a quorum of senators present, no senator shall leave the chamber until the Senate has been counted by the President.

On Friday last I had no opportunity of calling specific attention to this standing order, because the Senate was counted out. Honorable senators know that after attention had been called to the state of the Senate - there was, by-the-bye, a quorum present then - three honorable senators left the chamber. I believe that all three honorable senators were forgetful of the standing order ; in fact, I am quite sure that two were, because they came back when requested, and I hope that the third honorable senator was also, I shall not say ignorant, but forgetful of the standing order. As it happened, the two honorable senators who came back made up the quorum, and, therefore, it was not necessary to take any action. But when attention is called to the state of the Senate, if an honorable senator leaves the chamber in derogation of the standing order, I think it only right that in counting the Senate I should count him, because he ought to be here. He is here in accordance with the standing order. I hope that such an occurrence will not happen again.

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