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Wednesday, 10 June 1914


Senator LONG - I ask the Minister of Defence, as representing the Government in this Chamber, in view of the fact that lie has given a fairly lengthy statement of the correspondence that has passed between the Government and His Excellency the Governor-General in respect to the double dissolution-


Senator Russell - Fairly brief.


Senator LONG - Will the honorable senator state in definite terms what are the objections to placing all the facts before the Senate and the country?


Senator MILLEN - In the statement which has been described by one honorable senator as a full statement, and by another as a brief one, I have endeavoured to submit the reasons why the Government do not propose to make public the correspondence or conversations that took place.


Senator Rae - Because it was never done before; the good old Tory argument for doing nothing.


Senator MILLEN - In addition to that fact, a still stronger argument is given, and that is that these matters are regarded - and I think they ought to be so regarded - as absolutely confidential between the Governor-General and his advisers.







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