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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - BROCKMAN. - That is not so. The small amount of money involved is hardly worth considering, and I might incidentally mention for the benefit of those who have made somewhat facetious interjections that no member of Parliament can be briefed by the Federal Government or any of its Departments. For the reasons given, it is not my intention to, vote for the clause. I do not see that there is any necessity for it, because if we adopt it we are departing from the old-established common law. In this instance I am in accord' with Senator Gardiner, and also with the views expressed by Senator Elliott. Although it may be somewhat irrelevant, I desire to say that, as Senator Gardiner is at present perusing the evening newspaper, I am hoping that we shall be able to dispose of seven or eight clauses as we did yesterday when he was similarly engaged.

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