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Thursday, 6 May 1915

Senator O'KEEFE (Tasmania) . - I desired the opportunity of hearing more of the honorable senator's remarks in submitting this motion, but I was called out of the Senate. I am hoping, however, to hear further reasons why the honorable senator should have called for this return. What value would it be to the general public, to members of Parliament, or to the honorable senator himself, because I refuse to accept the assertion - it has almost been an assertion - that it is a party question? Quite a number of members sitting behind the Government frequently disagree with members of the Government in matters of this kind, and I do not think that I have ever voted against the printing of any return called for from whatever side of the Senate, when that return has been likely to be of any use. As I was not able to hear the whole of Senator Keating's remarks as to the value of this return, I am hoping to be enlightened a little more before we come to the vote. My mind is entirely open on the point, notwithstanding the PostmasterGeneral's representative in the Senate seemed to make out a better case against the proposition than Senator Keating had made out in its favour up to the time L was called out. I hope Senator Keating will give me more information in his * reply.

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