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Friday, 26 September 1913

The PRESIDENT - I have allowed a great deal of latitude on this subject. Honorable senators have insensibly wandered away from the real question, which is that the Standing Orders be suspended for a certain purpose. All these remarks would be quite in order on the first reading of the Bill. I ask honorable senators to confine their attention to the question before the Senate."

Senator MAUGHAN - I must plead guilty to leaving the proper line of demarcation. I regret that the remarks made by previous speakers somewhat led me off the track, but, with your permission, sir, I would like to call attention to the remarks made by the Honorable Joseph Cook yesterday at the function referred to by Senator Pearce.

The PRESIDENT - Those remarks have no bearing on . the question of suspending the Standing Orders.

Senator MAUGHAN - I will defer my comments to another occasion. I wish to say in conclusion, that the Labour party, whether in State or Federal politics, have always cheerfully voted Supply for the services of His Majesty.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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