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Friday, 28 September 1906

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) . - I have taken no part in this debate, but I would ask you, sir, a question. Assuming that Senator Playford seeks to apply this contingent notice of motion to the first Order of the Day, is he, as soon as the motion has been carried, going to seek to apply it to the second Order of the Day?

Senator Playford - I shall move a similar motion in regard to the second Order of the Day.

Senator CLEMONS - If such a course is adopted, the ruling given by the President today will be broken in spirit.


Senator CLEMONS - For the ranson that you have ruled that the' particular Bill shall be named now. I will assume that Senator Playford has already indicated the Bill which appears as Order of the Day No. 1. After the motion before us is carried, Senator Playford may say that he wishes to apply the same contingent notice of motion to Order of the Day No. 2.

The PRESIDENT - No doubt.

Senator CLEMONS - And if there are more Bills which come within the category he could go on ?

The PRESIDENT - With separate motions.

Senator Playford - But the Senate could stop me at any moment by voting against each motion.

Senator Trenwith - This is a separate motion of which honorable senators have had more than twenty-four hours' notice.

Senator CLEMONS - I am simply seeking information in order to clear up the position. Are we to understand that this contingent notice of motion may apply to a dozen Bills, provided that there is a separate motion for each Bill?

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator will see that contingent notices of motion are . given at the end of every session in every Parliament in Australia, and they have always been given in the Senate in this way. The notices of motion are general in their terms, but in each case a motion is moved specifying the particular Bill. Dozens of Bills have been dealt with at the end of a session under one contingent notice of motion. Does not every honorable senator know that? I do not see why we should apply a different rule to the motion now before us.

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