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Friday, 17 November 1911

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) - I have sat very patiently during this debate in the hope that Senator Findley would remember that we credit him with being a strong man, and that a strong man differentiates between firmness and obstinacy. If he remains obdurate after good reasons have been assigned why he should give way on any matter, he must fall from grace in our estimation, and we shall have to regard him as being merely an .obstinate man. It seems to me that good reasons have been advanced why the form of nomination, which is set out in the schedule of the Act, should be retained, and I trust that he will gracefully consent to the adoption of that course.

Senator Pearce - Are there no strong men on the other side of the chamber who will give way occasionally ?

Senator WALKER - We have been giving away all this week, whereas Ministers have sat as firm as the rock of Gibraltar.

Senator Long - It is more blessed to give than receive.

Senator WALKER - During the luncheon adjournment I took the liberty of speaking privately to both the VicePresident of the Executive Council and the Honorary Minister, both of whom know that my only desire is to save time. Now, the best method of saving time is for them to give way on this matter. I think that Senator McColl made a very good point when he drew attention to the fact that a candidate might be' absent in Europe on nomination day. We all recollect that on one occasion Senator Ferguson was in Europe when he was nominated, but fortunately there were then no difficulties in the way of his nomination.

Senator Findley - There will be no difficulties in future so long as the essentials of the Act are complied with.

Senator WALKER - I quite agree with Senator O'Keefe that in one case there is a possibility of mistakes arising, whilst in the other, there is no such possibility.

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