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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator MULLAN (Queensland) . - If the only argument in favour of the present procedure is that things should be left as they are, I hope that the amendment will be agreed to.

Senator Gardiner - Let me hear a good reason for altering the procedure.

Senator MULLAN - By the adoption of the proposed alteration, twenty-three days would be saved. Any course that is likely to expedite the transaction of public business should find favour with the Committee. There is now too much delay in matters of administration. If one writes to a Department, he does not get a reply until ten times as long a period has elapsed as would have been taken by a commercial house to answer his letter. Time is money nowadays.

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