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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (1:19 AM) ; - I am induced to ask the reason why Senator Rae proposes to make it difficult to have these Scripture cards imported into Australia. Many of them convey very lurid warnings, and I should like to know whether this request is submitted because the honorable senator is afraid of being confronted with them. Senators Rae and Gardiner have complained that other honorable senators have submitted requests without supplying the fullest statistical information in support of them, and I remind Senator Rae of his inconsistency in failing to give reasons for this request. I suggest that the- honorable senator should lay aside his very natural timidity about the free importation - of 1 Scripture cards, and withdraw his proposed request, for the good reasons which have ' been given by Senator Vardon, who is entitled to speak with authority on this subject.

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