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Friday, 25 November 1910

The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable senator must withdraw that remark.

Senator NEEDHAM - I withdraw the remark, and say that the Minister is not possessed of the facts.

Senator McGregor - I am satisfied.

Senator NEEDHAM - I have been accused by the Vice-President of the Executive Council of doing in Western Australia something different from what I did here.

Senator McGregor - The honorable senator told me so.

Senator NEEDHAM - I did nothing of the sort. A motion was submitted to increase the allowance to members of- the State Parliament from .£200 to .£300. I opposed it, because the question had not been remitted to the electors. When it was proposed here to increase the Parliamentary allowance to £600, I remembered the action which I had taken in Western Australia. 1 stated that, whilst the question had not been remitted to the electors, the Constitution empowered this Parliament to increase the Parliamentary allowance and, as the Constitution had been approved by the people, I was justified in voting for the proposed increase. I fling back in the teeth of the Vice-President of the Executive Council the accusation that I was inconsistent.

Senator McGregor - That is exactly what I said.

Senator NEEDHAM - I desire to see this return tabled, not from any party or personal motive, but for the information of the public. I think that the Government has not yet ordered it to be prepared. If the Vice-President of the Executive Council would issue an order, the return could be prepared by a junior clerk in ten minutes.

Senator McGregor - The Government have taken more action in connexion with this return than in regard to any other return.

Senator NEEDHAM - The Government should comply with the request of the Senate. The Minister practically stated that he would place the return on the table before the prorogation took place.

Senator McGregor - I did not say that.

Senator NEEDHAM - Unless there is a desire to shield some person who wishes to be shielded I see no reason why the return should not be tabled to-day.

Schedule agreed to..

Postponed clause 2 agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without requests; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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