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Friday, 26 June 1914

The PRESIDENT - Order ! The honorable senator may only ask for information. I point out to honorable senators that there will be ample opportunities of discussing these matters if they desire to discuss them, at the various stages through which the Supply Bill has to pass. Questions may only be asked for the purpose 6"f eliciting information.

Senator READY - Will the Honorary Minister make available to the representatives of Tasmania the text of the communication which has been addressed by the shipping companies to the PostmasterGeneral asking for an increase in freights ?

Senator CLEMONS - I cannot, as I am sure Senator Ready knows, answer this question directly now. I must first consult my colleague. The honorable senator knows that just as well as I do. I give him my assurance that I will see my colleague, and-

Senator Ready - Give me an answer later in the day ?

Senator CLEMONS - -I hesitate to promise that, because I am not sure that I could carry out the promise.

Senator LoNG - On the next day of sitting?

Senator CLEMONS - I will, of course, give the answer to the Senate the very moment I get it, but it is of no use for me to promise now that I can answer the question during this session, because Senator Ready knows that the other House is not sitting. At the earliest moment it is possible I will give him an answer.

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