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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator's remarks, are not relevant to the clause.

Senator ELLIOTT - But when the Minister made a deal with the Jews in shanghais, we might have expected that he would be taken in, and the Minister was taken in. The Minister told us that he saw from the Bible that the jawbone of an ass was a powerful weapon, but he did not issue it to the Australians.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator must address himself more closely to the clause.

Senator ELLIOTT - I. am endeavouring to show the Committee how little fitted to carry on. this business the Minister for Defence really is. He said that he did not arm the Australians with the jawbone of an ass because he found that weapon mentioned in the Bible; but I say that the debates which we have had on this Bill indicate that the honorable senator armed himself with that weapon., recognising it as a family heirloom. By the use of that weapon, he has climbed to his present position, and his continued use of it during the discussion of this Bill has led the Committee into the position in which- it finds itself or will find itself before the public and the- Army, an object of ridicule and contempt.

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