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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - The Minister may not have been able to see the honorable senator at the time he was approached, but he is always willing to see members of Parliament who desire to make representations to him on such matters. In any case the honorable senator could have placed those matters before the Assistant Minister (Senator Leckie). I make no attempt to teach honorable senators their business, but merely point out that, in many cases of this kind, the information given to honorable senators is often found upon investigation to exaggerate the facts. I am not suggesting that that is so in this case. However, honorable senators, on being approached on matters such as those mentioned should immediately interview Ministers with a view to obtaining an explanation. Times out of number honorable senators approach Ministers on other matters, and thus enable Ministers to have their. representations investigated; and very often it is found that the information supplied to honorable senators is not correct. I repeat that honorable senators would not only assist Ministers but also help their own case if they immediately approached Ministers with a view to ascertaining the facts before, as sometimes happens, they raise the subject of a complaint in the Senate. I do not suggest that that has been the case in this instance. I assure honorable senators that all of the matters raised on the motion for the adjournment will be brought under the notice of the respective Ministers concerned.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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