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Thursday, 24 October 1912

Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) . - Even those honorable senators who do furnish their addresses do not receive, within what may be considered a reasonable period, the bound volumes of Hansard. I have never failed at the end of a session to supply my address in Western Australia to the Government Printer, and though I have been in the State until practically June in the following year, I have never had the privilege of seeing a bound volume of Hansard for the preceding session until I have gone back to the State after the succeeding session.

Senator Sir Josiah Symon - But do you really want to see them before?

Senator HENDERSON - Sometimes I do.

The PRESIDENT - I hope that the honorable senator is not going to discuss this matter, because there is no motion before the Chair.

Senator HENDERSON - I only want to say, sir, that the interval between the furnishing of the address and the supply of the bound volumes is, in my opinion, inordinately long.

The PRESIDENT - It is with the object of facilitating the delivery of the bound volumes that I have asked honorable senators before the recess to hand in the address to which they desire them to be sent to the Clerk of the Senate, who will then have a record of the addresses. As regards the complaint of Senator Sayers, I shall have an inquiry made to find out when his volumes were issued, whether they were sent to the address which he supplied, and, if not, to what address they were sent.

Senator Rae - As I have been mentioned as the only senator who did not receive his bound volumes, owing to miscarriage, sir, permit me to mention that it was through no omission on my part to furnish my address.

Senator Chataway - I think, sir, that you might also suggest to the Government Printer thathe should get his mechanical appliances in order, so that the volumes can be printed within a reasonable time.

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