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Thursday, 7 December 1911

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) . - I rise to protest against the continual suspension of the Standing Orders. I recognise that the Senate, as the Second Chamber of the Federal Parliament, is the House in which there should be the most careful supervision of all legislation brought forward. It is impossible for honorable senators to have a proper understanding of the effect of all the legislation proposed under a system by which the Standing Orders are so frequently suspended. They should not be suspended at any time without grave and serious reasons. I do not say that I would never vote for the suspension of the Standing Orders, but this is the second or third occasion within the last day or two on which I have heard a similar motion submitted. As one who desires to maintain the position of the Senate as the revising Chamber of this Parliament, I say tha.t honorable senators should be given the fullest opportunity to consider every measure submitted, and I enter my protest against these continual suspensions of the Standing Orders.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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