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Friday, 29 May 1914


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (Minister of Defence) . - Not only do I offer no objection, but I rather welcome this motion. I have only risen in order that it may be placed on record that in the action it is about to take the Senate does not in any way wish it to be thought that it is neglectful of the obvious spirit of its standing order, which requires that the Address-in-Reply to the opening Speech should be dealt with before other business is entered upon. The object which Senator Pearce has in view is, of course, to enable his motion to be dealt with before the effluxion of the stated time which would cause it to drop off the notice-paper. It seemed to me that it was, perhaps, rather due to the representatives of the Crown that it should be intimated here that in the action which the Senate is, I presume, about to take, no discourtesy is intended in any way.

Several Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear !

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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