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Friday, 28 September 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I object to the motion.

The PRESIDENT - The question is the contingent notice of motion, and I shall put it again.

Senator MILLEN - Seeing that I was denied an opportunity to speak during division, I think I mav speak now. Under ordinary circumstances, I should have helped the Government in their effort to get the standing order suspended to expedite the passage of the Bill which stands as Order of the Day No. 2. Owing to recent proceedings I am compelled, in order to do that, to vote for the suspension of the standing order in relation to other Bills.

Senator Playford - I have two separate motions.

Senator MILLEN - Then the Minister is really doing what Senator Drake said ought to be done.

Senator Trenwith - lt was done halfanhour ago.

Senator Playford - Before I came into the chamber I had the motions typewritten, and ready.

Senator Lt Col NEILD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Col. Gould. - I can assure Senator Millen that I understand the .motion to refer o n 1 v to one Bill.

Senator MILLEN - - I have nothing to do with Senator Play-ford's intentions, or what Senator Gould thinks. The motion I am asked to vote for is that the standing order be suspended for the remainder of the session, to permit of the passage of any Constitution. Amendment Bill.

Senator Playford - Only the Bill referring to special duties.

The PRESIDENT - A division has been taken, and the Senate has upheld my ruling.

Senator Clemons - There has been no division.

Senator MILLEN - There is no opportunity to discuss four ruling. You took an unusual course, for which there is no warrant. You bull-dozed the Chamber- into doing something which is contrary to the Standing Orders.

The PRESIDENT - I am getting tired of these objections and of the bringing of myself and my position into questions nf party politics. I shall not stand it. If honorable senators desire- another President, I am quite willing to resign, and let somebody else be appointed. I think it is most unfair.

Senator MILLEN - I do not desire any other President, but I do desire the Standing Orders to be adhered to. I claim the full rights I have under the Standing Orders to express my view, and when I see the Standing Orders broken-

The PRESIDENT -- The Standing Orders have not been broken.

Senator MILLEN - Then there is a proper method of testing the ruling you have given, which you have denied to the Chamber. The Chamber ought to be allowed to discuss any motion dissenting from your ruling, but by your action you have denied the Chamber that right - you have closed my mouth and refused to allow an appeal to the whole wisdom of the Senate.

Senator Macfarlane - The Senate is against the honorable senator.

Senator MILLEN - That does not matter. I have the right t'o express my views. All I want to say is that, despite your ruling, I dissent from the terms in which this motion is put forward. There is the possibility of a similar motion being submitted in the same way at some future time, and an irregular proceeding being held to be regular in consequence of what has taken place to-day. It will be possible for the Minister to submit a similarly vague motion and, on getting a suspension of the Standing Orders, to bring forward other proposals in connexion with which the Senate would not have approved of the suspension. For that reason I shall vote against the motion.

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