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Thursday, 10 October 1912

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In assenting to the request, sir, I should like to know whether this is the practice, and, if not, whether there is any reason for departing from the practice ?

The PRESIDENT - If any honorable senator objects the motion cannot be moved.

Senator MILLEN - I do not wish to object if there is any reason for doing what is proposed.

The PRESIDENT - This course has been taken previously, but the practice is to give notice of a motion for the following day. This is not the usual report of the Printing Committee. The usual report was presented and adopted by the Senate a few days ago. But in the other Chamber the usual report was referred back to the Printing Committee on account of a resolution which it contained. Consequently there has been another meeting of the Printing Committee, and the report just read to the Senate recommends that the resolution at the end of the previous report should be rescinded. Yesterday Senator Chataway asked whether the action of the other House would prevent the printing of the papers with which the Printing Committee had dealt. So far as this side of Parliament is concerned it did not prevent any papers from being printed, because all the papers which have been laid on the table of the Senate and all the papers which were common to both Houses had been sent to the printer. We had no power, of course, to deal with papers which had been laid upon the table of the House of Representatives only. Is it the pleasure of the Senate that Senator Henderson have leave to submit a motion ?

Senator MILLEN - With all due deference to what you said, sir -

The PRESIDENT - If there is a single objection notice must be given.

Senator HENDERSON - I beg to give notice for to-morrow.

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