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Tuesday, 22 November 1910


Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Senator Givens is very muchmistaken with respect to the questions which he desires to ask. On a previous occasion I declined, on principle, to answer questions of that description as questions, but said I was prepared to give the information' in the form of a return. It is quite true that three of the honorable senator's questions might be answered by stating a number, but the answer to the second question, would involve over a dozen names.


Senator Givens - That is news to me. Senator McGREGOR.- The honorable senator thinks that he knows everything, but sometimes he is mistaken.


Senator Givens - I asked the questions because I did not know everything.


Senator Millen - If the Minister has. the information, why did he not give it?


Senator McGREGOR - I would not give the information because, on principle, I object to give, in answer to questions, information which ought to be sought in the shape of a return.


Senator Givens - There have been far more complicated questions asked and answered before.


Senator McGREGOR - I have said today three times that a large number of persons were affected, and some of them in such a variety of ways that it would require a considerable amount of explanation to indicate the real position.


Senator Needham - That is the trouble. Senator McGREGOR. - It is not. But the trouble is in asking for details in the form of a question which ought to be moved for in the shape of a return.







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