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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I regret that the. VicePresident of the Executive Council will not make an effort to obtain this information.

Senator McGregor - I am not a public officer. I cannot go to the books.

Senator NEEDHAM - The compilation of the return would not take twenty minutes.

Senator McGregor - The honorable senator does not know anything about it.

Senator NEEDHAM - I know that, although the officers have been worked unduly, and, perhaps, unnecessarily, owing to the prolonged deliberations of Parliament, the preparation of this return would not over-tax them. It is immaterial to me whether it will expose the trick of any member or praise any member.

Senator Givens - It will expose me as having taken the increase from the day it was granted.

Senator NEEDHAM - The information was desired by Senator Givens, and ought to be furnished.

Senator McGregor - Senator Needham refused an increase .in Western Australia, and was turned out because he would not have it.

Senator NEEDHAM - Nothing of the sort !

Senator McGregor - The honorable senator knows that my statement is true.

Senator NEEDHAM - I know that the statement of the Minister is an absolute lie.

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