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Wednesday, 21 July 1915


Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) . - I cannot undestand Senator Stewart's position, and am at a loss to understand his motive. Has he gone over to the other side to shake the Opposition out of their Rip van Winkle condition, or is he objecting to the motion out of sheer cussedness? If the Government desired to gag any one, or force the measure through against the wishes of this Chamber, I could understand Senator Stewart's objection; but the Minister of Defence outlined the position exactly. If Senator Stewart desires, he can have to-day and to-morrow to discuss the Bill, and that ought to satisfy even him. The Standing Orders are very useful in their way, but when measures of great urgency and vital importance are submitted the Standing Orders will not stand in my way in respect of their early passage. Every day is of importance in connexion with the statistics required.


Senator Stewart - We have them.


Senator FINDLEY - Not in the way we desire these to be obtained. They will be invaluable, and the sooner the measure is got through, the better position will the Government be in to get the information. So far as this war is concerned, there is no such thing as party. The great mass of the people are at one with us on that subject. We find the Leader of the Government and the Leader of the Opposition on the same platform, and the president of the Employers Federation and the president of the Trades Hall Council making a joint appeal to the people for funds forthe wounded. I am most anxious to secure all the information possible to aid the Government in their desire to bring the war to a speedy and successful termination. I, therefore, hope the Bill will not be delayed, and have no objection to the suspension of the Standing Orders on this or any other day when matters of real urgency come before us.







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