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Wednesday, 10 June 1931

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon W Kingsmill - The point of order should have been raised earlier. I have noticed that the reading of speeches seems to have become a convention in the Senate, but as honorable senators are aware, it is contrary to the Standing Orders. If the Deputy Leader of the Opposition was reading his speech he must discontinue doing so.

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW - In conclusion I wish to point out that the Government and the Attorney-General are attempting to defy this branch of the legislature at a time when, in the interests of Australia, the Government is seeking the co-operation of all political parties. The Government's action in this connexion is to be regretted, and I, in entering an emphatic protest against the gazettal of further regulations, express the hope that it will discontinue the practice of doing under its regulationmaking power that which it cannot do under its- legislative power.

Motion (by Senator Sampson) put -

That the document quoted by Senator Sir William Glasgow during his speech be laid on the table. (President - Senator the Hon. W. Kingsmill.)

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