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Thursday, 17 June 1915

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator is not in order.

Senator Lynch - I have not yet stated what I desire to move.

The PRESIDENT - The statement made cannot be debated at this stage.

Senator LYNCH - The question I desired to ask was whether I should be in order in moving that a copy of the statement be sent to the Melbourne Age as a memento of its originality and foresight in suggesting action nine months after it had been taken.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [3.28].- The statement made by the Minister of Defence was very interesting to honorable senators, but I recognise that it cannot now be debated. I am not clear whether the Minister first approached private firms, or whether they first approached him in this matter. I understand that Mr. S. McKay approached the Minister in the first instance.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator cannot argue the matter.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD. -I wish only to ask the Minister a question. Will he say whether he first approached the private firms or they first approached him ?

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