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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I .desire to ask, sir, whether, in view of standing order 278, it is competent for the Vice-President of the Executive Council to give notice of .motion to-day for a call of the. Senate for any less period than that set out therein?

Senator Pearce - We can suspend the standing order.

Senator MILLEN - It is quite true that the Minister has given notice of his intention to move that the standing order be suspended ; but I suggest that the proper course would be to withhold the notice of motion until after the suspension of the rule, and then give notice of the motion. It is not right to assume that the standing order will be suspended. It would not delay business if the honorable senator were to withdraw the notice of motion to-day, and give notice of it to-morrow.

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