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Wednesday, 17 December 1930

The PRESIDENT - Under Standing

Order 344, the managers to represent the Senate at a conference requested by the House of Representatives shall consist of the same number of members as those of the House of Representatives. If the Leader of the Opposition and Senator Glasgow decline to act on a conference, and I do not think there is any means of compelling any honorable senator to do so, they will have to be replaced by others.

Senator DALY - I feel inclined to withdraw my motion, because I recognize that a make-believe conference with managers appointed by another place would be useless. I have heard of a certain move that has been made in another place, but of course the actions of honorable gentlemen in another place are no concern of the Senate. Things have come to a sorry pass if the Senate can seek to dictate to another place who shall represent it at a conference, more particularly when the member of that other place to whose presence at the conference objection has been taken has no opportunity to defend his honour or his good name in this chamber.

The PRESIDENT - That is a subject which has not been introduced by the withdrawal of honorable senators from participation in the proposed conference.

Senator DALY - The reason which is actuating them is that a certain gentleman has been appointed by another place to act at that conference. The only course open to me is to let the motion go.

The PRESIDENT - I have already pointed out an alternative.

Senator DALY - It is useless for me to nominate any honorable senator opposite to fill the places of Senator Pearce and Senator Glasgow, and it is therefore useless for me to persist with the motion. Accordingly I ask leave to withdraw it.

The PRESIDENT - MayI suggest that the honorable senator ask for leave to withdraw the motion temporarily. That would allow him to put it on the notice-paper.

Senator DALY - I thank you for your suggestion, Mr. President, and ask leave accordingly.

Motion - by leave - temporarily withdrawn.

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