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Tuesday, 4 September 1906

The PRESIDENT - Senator Pulsford drew my attention to the paragraph a few moments ago. It is perfectly easy to alter the state of affairs; but then, if we made an alteration, the probability is that at least one half, if not more than one half of the senators, would complain of draughts in the chamber. Suppose, for instance, that the curtains were removed and the side galleries opened, it. would give us an immense supply of air in the chamber. I understand that Professor Osborne made his test under very exceptional circumstances - when we were sitting until 3 o'clock in the morning.

Senator Croft - No, the sample was taken at 10.20 p.m.

The PRESIDENT - Of course, it is perfectly easy to alter the state of affairs, but the question is whether if an alteration were made it might not lead to draughts, which would be very objectionable to a great many senators. If the Senate expresses a wish to have the curtains removed and the side galleries opened, that can be done.

Senator Higgs - The ventilators could be opened. They are closed at present

The PRESIDENT - I can have the ventilators opened if it is desired. I am only too happy to have anything done which the Senate may desire. In this matter of ventilation, it is very difficult to please everybody. Schemes have been tried all over the world, in all manner of chambers, and a satisfactory solution has not yet been arrived at. However, I shall have the curtains taken down if honorable senators so desire.

Senator Trenwith - Try the opening of the ventilators first.

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