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Wednesday, 10 June 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (Minister of Defence) . - I asked you just now, sir, if this would be open for discussion. I did not use the word "report," but I can see now that you were quite right in interpreting my words in the way in which you did. My reason for asking the question Was to ascertain if it would be possible to discuss the report, because I was anxious to make a statement regarding it, which I did not think I could do on a mere motion for printing. It seems to me that there is no opportunity for discussing the contents of the report now.

The PRESIDENT - If the motion is agreed to, the matter will become an Order of the Day for to-morrow, and may then be discussed. The Minister will not be in order in anticipating that discussion now.

Senator MILLEN - I wished to speak, because it seemed to me that the Committee has reported under a misapprehension, which I thought I might be able to remove.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator can ask leave to make a statement.

Senator MILLEN - I ask permission to do so.

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