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Thursday, 8 July 1915

Senator READY asked the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Has the Minister noticed the statement of the Melbourne Age, that the plea for urgency with regard to the referendums on the Constitution Alteration Bills is not sound, inasmuch as the referendums are not to be taken before December; and also that the Age states that if they are necessary war measures, " the Bills ought to be carried to the people the instant they passed through Parliament " ?

2.   What are the reasons which prevent the referendum^ from being submitted to the people earlier than December?

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