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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I do not wish to repeat the sentiments uttered by Senator Givens, but I do want to indorse them. I think it is up to myself and others to protest against the Senate being reduced to an absolute farce. If we cannot do any good work; why not adjourn sine die? The argument that the Senate should be abolished does not meet with my approbation. I would rather see the House of Representatives abolished. I think that the Government is in danger of making it appear to the country that the Senate is of no use by failing to submit to it now some of the measures which will in all probability be rushed at the latter end of the session. .If, however, there is no business to be done we may as well adjourn, but a better system might easily be arranged. I understood at the beginning of the "session that an arrangement would be made by which the work would be divided better, and that some measures which did not exceed our powers in regard to finance would be introduced here.

Senator Millen - The constitutional limitations are not the real difficulty in the way.

Senator RAE - Then there should be no other real difficulty, except that which has been mentioned about Ministers not caring to intrust their measures to proxy delegates, so to speak. I must protest against the lack of arrangement by which as soon as ever we have started to work we are asked to adjourn.

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