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Thursday, 13 October 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - In moving -

That the Senate do now adjourn,

I desire to state that my attention has been called to the fact that, during my temporary absence from this Chamber yesterday, you, sir, felt called upon to express yourself with some feeling in respect of a matter which had arisen in the course of debate. I understand that there seemed to have been indicated in your mind a doubt whether the silence of the Government might not be taken as indicative of sympathy with the criticisms to which you have been subjected. I cannot speak for the Government. I am not able to state what may be the views of the Government, because I have never considered the matter of sufficient importance to bring it before my colleagues in the Ministry. But I can speak for. myself ; and, in doing so, I say that in no sense do I sympathize either with the matter or with the method of the criticisms which have been made.

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