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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) .I am willing to assist in maintaining a quorum, as long as there is business to be done, and some useful work is being accomplished; but I strongly object to being kept here for hours, as we have been since tea time, unless some progress can be made. During the whole evening we have not finally dealt with one clause. The enemies of the Bill have been talking for mere talking's sake, and with a view to blocking the Bill. I have no objection to sit as long as may be necessary to do the business.

Senator Millen - I rise to a point of order. Is it competent for an honorable senator to accuse other honorable senators of talking for talking's sake?

The CHAIRMAN - I hope that Senator Givens will" withdraw the words, because it is not in order to attribute improper motives to other honorable senators.

Senator GIVENS - I withdraw the words, and admit that I was quite wrong. I should have recognised that no man in his senses would talk as honorable senators have been talking for mere talking's sake.

Senator Pulsford - I rise to a point of order. I have not been talking for talking's sake, but with a very strong, keen sense of duty.

The CHAIRMAN - What is the point of order?

Senator Pulsford - Senator Givens has charged other honorable senators and myself with talking for talking's sake.

The CHAIRMAN - Senator Givenshas just withdrawn that statement.

Senator GIVENS - I wish to intimate that I am willing to assist in keeping a House so long as I see any determination to do business; but I shall not assist to keep a House for five minutes if I do not observe some disposition on the part of honorable senators or the Government to make some progress.

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