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Thursday, 14 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Last night I thought I made an ample apology in connexion with this matter. I admitted that if I had used the words referred to I must have made a big slip. I may point out, however, that the Senate had just dealt with a Loan Bill, and when reference was made to the work that was going to be done I had in mind the Works Loan Bill, in which there was provision for a works programme involving an expenditure of £3,000,000. When I said- that the Post Office was " moving " I intended no reflection upon earlier administration of the Department. I simply meant that the difficulties in the matter of procuring telephone instruments and other material were being overcome, and that the Post Office authorities were moving as fast as possible in order to pick up the leeway. If I made a Blip on that occasion I regret it, but I have never yet beenaccused of misleading any honorable senator.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should be sorry, indeed, if you thought I had that in mind.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned atat9.40 p.m.

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