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Friday, 17 November 1911

The CHAIRMAN - I may inform the honorable senator at once that I do not think I can receive his amendment. Volume 1. of Decisions of ike President of ike Senate(Sir R. C. Baker) contains .the following ruling, No. 74 -

Amendments in Committee must, be relevant ^0 the subject-matter of the Bill as read a -second time. The question to be considered is whether an amendment is relevant to the subjectmatter of the Bill. If so, it can be moved whether it contains a new principle or not. The test is neither the title of the Bill nor the scope nor object of the Bill. The standing order is clear and concise. Under that ruling I do not think that the honorable senator's amendment can be accepted.

Senator Vardon - The decision of the Chairman is a surprise to me, and I shall' have to consider the best course to pursue.

Progress reported.

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