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Wednesday, 17 June 1914

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - Before the Orders of the Day are called on, I beg to move -

That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent the submission of the following motion : - " That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor-General, praying him to allow of the publication of the communications between His Excellency and His Excellency's Advisers relating to the simultaneous dissolution of both Houses of the Parliament."

After the action of the Government in refusing to lay these communications on the table of the Senate, it would illbecome the Leader of the Government in this Chamber to sneer at any action taken by the Opposition to obtain for their own information, and the information of the general public, documents that ought to be the property of the Parliament. Whenever we have had to resort to the suspension of the Standing Orders on account of the action of the Govern ment we have been perfectly justified in doing so, and when the necessity arises we shall never hesitate to take whatever action we deem to be to the advantage of the Commonwealth.

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