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Thursday, 21 May 1914
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Debate resumed from 20th May (vide page 1127), on motion by SenatorOakes as amended -

That the following Address-in-Reply be agreed to: -

To His Excellency the Governor-General.

May it Please Your Excellency -

1.   We, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Australia, in Parliament assembled, desire to express our loyalty to our Most Gracious Sovereign and our thanks for the Speech which Your Excellency's predecessor (Lord Denman) was pleased to address to Parliament.

Upon which Senator Rae had moved -

That the following words be added: - " 2. Your Advisers deserve special condemnation for their gross favoritism and betrayal of the public interest in letting a costly contract for railway construction without providing the safeguard of public competition. " 3. Furthermore, your Advisers' constant efforts to coerce the Senate (which being elected on the widest possible basis is the constitutional guardian of the people's liberties) into abject submission to their will is an attempt to subvert the Constitution and thereby imperil the harmony existing between the various States of the Commonwealth, and is deserving of the severest censure."

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