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Tuesday, 17 December 1912

Senator STEWART (Queensland) . - I should like to seriously ask both sides whether this thing has not gone quite far enough. We have had a perfect deluge of Bills this afternoon. The Standing Orders have been suspended without question in every case, and now a most important measure, far-reaching in its character, and of great consequence to the people of Australia, is brought forward, and we are asked to suspend the Standing Orders : to discuss it in the most perfunctory fashion, and pass it into law practically without any consideration. The forms of procedure which have been found necessary by long practice to safeguard legislation are thrown to the winds. We are practically asked to pass this measure without discussion, and to simply say " ditto " to the other House. Personally, I object to : this hurried legislation. There is plenty of time to deal with these measures in a proper manner, and I fail to see why they should be rushed through in sthis fashion.

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