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Thursday, 17 July 1930

Senator DALY (South AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - If the honorable senator, who has just resumed his scat really appreciated the significance of what he has said about the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Fenton), I should take very strong exception to his remarks. The Minister has done nothing unlawful, as the honorable senator would learn if he studied the system of legislation by proclamation. Constitutional provision exists for the repeal of any proclamation. I advise him, before placing on record in Hansard, a statement which might be misconstrued outside Parliament, to he more careful of his facts, and of his language.

Senator Payne - My next statement will be stronger.

Senator DALY - So long as the honorable senator keeps within the Standing Orders he may make his statement as strong as he likes. It is not the statement itself, but its cogency, which affects the matter, and influences the mind of honorable senators.

Senator Payne - It is an absolutely shocking thing.

Senator DALY - The Government is used to abuse, and a small item of abuse from Tasmania will not affect it.

Senator Payne - Is not Tasmania part of Australia?

Senator DALY - It is, and that is why I am anxious that a representative of Tasmania should address the Australian Parliament in an Australian manner.

Senator Payne - What is meant by an Australian manner?

Senator DALY - It is not usual for representative of the Australian people to describe the constitutional action of Ministers of the Crown as unlawful.

Since moving the motion, I have ascertained the nature of the business likely to come before us from another place, and 1 advise honorable senators that if the Senate meets to-morrow it will he a very thin day. Therefore, in order that the Senate may adjourn until next week I ask leave to withdraw the motion that the Senate do now adjourn.

Leave granted ; motion withdrawn.

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