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Thursday, 12 November 1914
Page: 514

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - No one questions the sincerity of Senator Stew ait's protest. He confesses that after twenty years' experience he has failed to secure proper control of the public expenditure.

Senator Stewart - That is no reason for despair.

Senator DE LARGIE - I merely desire to point out to Senator Stewart the hopelessness of his case. In his attempt to resist the suspension of the Standing Orders he has hitherto had the support of the Opposition. But on the present occasion Senator Millen and Senator Keating have acted as apologists for the Government. In view of this circumstance, I ask Senator Stewart what prospect he has of effecting the reform for which he has so earnestly striven for twenty years?

Senator Stewart - I do not give up hope.

Senator DE LARGIE - The honorable senator must recognise that his effort represents merely an idle beating of the air. The most striking feature in connexion with the present position is that the Opposition has failed in the discharge of its duty, and has instituted a new procedure by supporting the Government.

Senator Turley - The Opposition is always supposed to do that when the Government are right.

Senator DE LARGIE - Then it will always continue to support them, because the present Government are never in the wrong. We are all familiar with the attitude of Senator Stewart towards any proposal to suspend the Standing Orders, and consequently We are in no way surprised at his outburst to-day, but, unquestionably, the attitude of the Opposition is a novel feature of the situation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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