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Thursday, 13 September 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - I very much regret that the fever which afflicts several of my honorable friends shows no sign of abating; but, with a little patience, I hope we shall soon see an improvement in their condition. We have had a succession of phantoms springing from those fevered brains, and trotting through the chamber, with the intention of frightening us and making us believe things that are not.

Senator Givens - Is the honorable senator in order in saying that the object of this amendment is to frighten certain honorable senators?

The CHAIRMAN - I do not think that Senator Givens will expect me to rule the observation out of order.

Senator PULSFORD - I did not think that the English language contained words which were capable of frightening Senator Givens. I express the earnest, nope that we may be able to get through the Bill with a little more speed than has hitherto been attained. We are all aware of the object with which each move has been made; but I trust that, with a little patience on the one side, honorable senators may soon return to a more reasonable method of debate, so as to enable the business of the Senate to be transacted.

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