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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) . - I would remind the Minister that it is not the fault of the Senate that the measure is brought forward at this late period of the year. Parliament was in recess for ten months, and should have been called together months ago, so that the Estimates could have been brought forward. It is straining our patience a little too much to bring in this 'Bill without previous notice, and ask us to appropriate nearly £3,000,000 without having a moment to examine the various items. At the same time, I think it would be ungracious to refuse our assent to the motion, and so I do not propose to object.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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