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Over the Speaker's Chair


The Senate has had it all to itself to-day, for the House of Representa- tives adjourned on Thursday night un- til Tuesday next. The Ottawa agree-   ment has taken wp the whole day, the principal speech being that of Senator McLachlan. Mintstor in Charge of Development.

'It is my belief," said Senator McLachlan, "that the Ottawa confer- ence and the measure of agreement there arrived at will constitute a land- mark in history-a landmark pointing the way to world recovery." Those were his opening words: and then he plunged into history-"ransacked" It, as, Mr. Hughes would say-tracing the

gradual growth and evolution of the' british Commonwealth of Nations up to "the present universal depression that makes the extension and improve- ment of Imperial trade a matter of urgent Importance to all parts of the Empire," He regarded the extension and greater activity of Empire trade as the most hopeful means of stimu- lating demand In the woild mai kets and of restoring a sound level of wholesale commodity prices.

In commanding the agreement to the Senate, ho said thal, whilst it was an axiomatic principle that' one Parlia- ment cannot bind its successors, it was to be hoped that the goodwill and frutcrnity which had made the Ottawa agreement possible would not render facile the abrogation of the agreement before its expiry at the end of five

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Tho fact that tho Minister for Development had copious notes in front of him and read long extracts trom them was commented upon by Senator Dunn, who followed. He said that if speeches were to bo read in this way they might as well be put in an envelope and posted to the President for inclusion in Hansard without bothering fellow-Senators at ill. Only the day before, Senator Ma'cDonald mudo some similar re- marks, and said it ..looked ns if we would soon be conducting our pol',tics by 'correspondence. . (As j this would lave a good deal of time and rancour, the idea may be worth exploring.)

However, it wai not long before Senator Dunn was reading passages jf enormous length from the news- papers-newspapers published at home ind abroad which were not enamoured of what had, boen done at Ottawa.. Alter a while Sir George Pearce, the Government loader, asked him what he was quoting from.

"What 1 am quoting from now is a secret document," f replied Senator Dunn, with his head away up in the air. "You don't catch mel I ask that Hansard take down what I am saying, as when I am finished I in- tend to koop this secret document in my pocket."

Sir George pressed for nn answer to 'lis question. "Well," said Senator Dunn, apparently in, a state of con- siderable confusion, "I am quoting what Mr. Brown says in the 'Argus' -the Winnibek 'Argus'." As he had been talking about Quebec and Mon- treal and Ottawa, It was assumed that lie was now referring to some paper published in Winnipeg. So lie was illowed to proceed. -But a keen ob- server would have'noticed that ho was rolling his tongue in his cheek. There was a sequel, but we must not an I ti ci pate. v


Senator Dunn proceeded. Ho painted a wonderful picture of the voyage of the Aorangi^ which took our delegates to Ottawa, "with a'great troupe of

acrobatic assistants who could walk the political tightrope." Then the scene changed to Ottawa, and "the big drum and the brass trumpets were bangdd," and it read (he said) like x. page out of Dickens depicting the English elections of the 'Seventies.

"Oh, these lovely Ju-Ju's!" he said. "Oh, these delightful Arcadians!" said ho. "Oh, these squatters from O'connell Street and Swanston Street, and Flinders Lane, and King William Street!" he said. "Oh, my!" said he.

During his speech he called Sir George Pearce a "political renegade," and the President told him he could not use the word "renegade," as it was unparliamentary. Thereupon the Sydney Senator referred to Sir George as "the Minister for the Emu War." "Let him get back to his emus!" He



After lunch, when Senator Dunn had concluded his speech, the Government leader lose and moved that the docu- ments from wlrch tho Senator had been quoting bo laid on the table. Sir George said they had a right to know who the mysterious Mr. Brown was. They must be satisfied as to the authenticity of these documents which Hansard was not allowed to


In this he was supported by Sen- ator Johnston, who said that serious; inter-Dominion complications might ensue if the matter was not cleared)

up. <

But Senator Dunn was not all put) out. Far from it. In fact, he put out his tongue and licked his lips.

It tianspired that he had been having! a joke at the expense of Sir George, "I knew the leader of the Govern- ment would bo a stickybeak," he said, "so I referred him to the great family

of Browns."

The typowrltton documents from which he had quoted wore merely ex- tracts fiom the Manchester "Guard- ian,'' arid Hi had already handed them to Hansard. He had nothing to^hide, he said, and he would be greatly pleased If Sir George would hilve the

documents framed.


Senator MacDonald, of Queensland, was the next speaker. HKe Senator

Dunn, lie opposed the agreement,i

tending that our secondary industJ

should lie fulJy protested agafl British or any other competition it kB

would prevent them from expanij

and giving employment to our peofi He did not' -see why we should

bound to Britain's chariot-wheel,"

The Senate stands adjourned Wednesday next. '