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Thursday, 20 September 1906


Senator MILLEN - There is not; but unless such' a suggestion is made, the simple question is whether there is anything connected with this Bill which renders it imperative that a decision regarding it should be arrived at now. I submit that there is nothing in the circumstances of the case which requires us to depart from the clear direction laid down in the standing order.


The PRESIDENT - So far as concerns the first point - that notice of dissent from my ruling should be given at once - I have, ever since I became President of the Senate, given the greatest latitude to every honorable senator in this connexion ; and I am not going to refuse to accept the motion on the ground suggested. I may have permitted, not only on this, but on other occasions, honorable senators to speak after I have given a ruling, when it would have been better to prevent discussion ; and I am afraid that that latitude has induced honorable senators, in some instances, perhaps, to dispute rulings which otherwise would have been accepted. However, that is by the way. As I say, I am not going to rule this motion out of order on the ground that the objection to it was not taken at once. Now I come to the second question, and I ask what is the meaning of the words " unless the matter requires immediate determination." I confess that I am in some doubt as to the meaning, and as to who is to decide, but I do not think it oan possibly say that the debate on a particular Bill shall take precedence of the debate on any other Bill. I am very sorry at having to arrive at this conclusion, because - but perhaps I had better not say. However, I rule that the debate stands adjourned until to-morrow.

Debate adjourned.







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