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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) (Minister of Defence) . - I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

In submitting that motion, I suppose I shall be guilty of no breach of confidence if I express the opinion that we have reached the closing hours of the fifth Parliament of the Commonwealth.

Senator O'Keefe - And the destruction of the Senate.

Senator MILLEN - I did not rise for the purpose of introducing any controversial matter into the few remarks I propose to make. Naturally those who, like myself, entered this Chamber with the first Federal Parliament, which the people of Australia were called upon to elect, take an even greater interest than other members in the constitutional circumstances which will bring this Parliament to a close. I do not desire to do more on this occasion than to express to my political opponents, as well as to my political friends, my hearty good wishes for their personal welfare during the next few mouths.

Senator Russell - Why limit it?

Senator MILLEN - Because I do not desire to indulge for one moment in any pretence as to our wishing one another well in the political fight.

Senator Mullan - Hear, hear! We will ask for no quarter, and we will give none.

Senator MILLEN - That is so. But I do wish my honorable friends opposite well, so far as they are personally concerned. I shall not be at all perturbed if I have the pleasure of meeting them again when we re-assemble after the appeal to the electors.

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