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Friday, 25 November 1910


Senator HENDERSON (Western Australia) . - I think it is only fair to say that in this matter the Vice-President of the Executive Council is not treating the Senate as it deserves. We are not so childish as to believe that he is not aware that what he has said is absolute moonshine.

He must know that an officer in the Treasury, if given the allowance sheet of members of this Parliament, could copy it in five minutes.


Senator McGregor - He will have to go back for two or three years.


Senator HENDERSON - No matter how long the clerk may have to go back, the records are so complete that I venture to say any one of us could take the facts from the ledger account within five minutes.


Senator Lynch - Does the honorable senator think it is worth all this bother?


Senator HENDERSON - Certainly. It is only right that the information should be furnished at once to the Senate.


Senator McGregor - It will be furnished as soon as it is available.


Senator HENDERSON - The Senate should be adjourned until the information is available. If the honorable senator intended to lay the information before the Senate it could be obtained in less than ten minutes without sweating or blackmailing any person. I hope he will see that it is obtained immediately.







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