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Thursday, 11 August 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) .- The reiteration of Senator Guthrie that flannel supplied by the contractor in question was not up to the quality which he had contracted to furnish to the Government is probably justified. But the honorable senator should ' have learned - or,, if he knew, he should have stated publicly - that the contractor reimbursed the Government in satisfaction of the difference between his sample and the material supplied. Possibly, the Government may have perceived that, although the flannel was not up to sample, the fact of its being mixed with cotton made it a better wearing material. The fact remains that the Government used it. There was no question of a swindle. I shall be surprised, indeed, to learn, that Senator Guthrie has followed up his acceptance of the challenge. I feel confident that if he has the temerity to do so, that will not be the last of it.

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