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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I would like to add my appeal to that of the Minister of Defence in regard to this matter. The Senate will not, in any way, add to its credit by even pausing to discuss such a motion.

Senator Givens - It is a mere triviality.

Senator MILLEN - It is a mere triviality, and the time of the Senate ought not to be taken up in debating the criticism of anybody. What privilege has been violated? Does the Senate take up the position that it is beyond criticism? To me it is perfectly plain that, as members of this Chamber, we shall not improve our position if we show ourselves restive under the criticism of anybody. I trust that the advice of the Minister of Defence will be adopted.

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