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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER - The Minister's nerves are getting frayed over this matter.

Senator Needham - The whip is en the honorable senator.

Senator ST LEDGER - Sometimes I get the whip on me, and sometimes I lay it upon others. I strongly object to the threat of the Minister of Defence, especially in view of the fact that the Opposition have made a splendid concession to the Government by allowing them to put through a Supply Bill for more than £800.000 in one day. Many honorable senators upon this side of the Chamber have spent considerable time in assisting to improve measures, and in respect of the Navigation Bill from the very moment of its appearance this session not a single individual can be honestly taunted with having wasted time. I would remind the Minister that the Opposition is not going to be driven by the Government, and that our Standing Orders enable an Opposition, if provoked, to fight for a very long time. More than that, there are some honorable senators upon this side of the Chamber who possess sufficient mental and physical strength to continue such a fight for a prolonged period. Although the session has been a strenuous one we are ready for the worst. I have no desire to add to the heat that has been displayed, but I will say that the Government well deserve the fairly warm retort that has been made for the way in which they have conducted the Supply Bill.

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