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Wednesday, 6 May 1914

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - I should not have risen to delay the Senate in connexion with this motion had it not been for the fact that very recently a serious mining disaster took place in Victoria.. I thought that the Leader of the Government in the Senate would have made some reference to it as was done in another place. Of course I thoroughly understand that Senator Millen is a busy man and it is impossible for him to take notice of all these things. But seeing 'that Senator McColl is practically a resident of Bendigo, and generally takes a very considerable interest in mining in that locality, he should have had knowledge of the disaster, and might have reminded his leader that some little reference to it in the Senate on its meeting to-day would have been very appropriate. I have risen to express my sympathy with the friends and relatives of those who suffered in the Bendigo disaster. I am sure that Senator Millen would be only too ready to join his sympathy with 'the sympathy of the

Opposition towards those who have suffered as a result of the calamity. I have no intention to oppose the motion.

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