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Thursday, 27 October 1904

Mr MAHON (Coolgardie) - I desire to. call attentiontothe evasive manner in which questions put to Ministers by honorable members are being answered. A few days ago I was under the painful necessity of drawing attention to the misleading and unsatisfactory replies with which Ministers had endeavoured to satisfy this House.

Mr Johnson - Is this another motion of censure?

Mr MAHON - I shall make it one if I choose to do so. If it is necessary for me to submit a motion of censure I shall not hesitate to take that course. I am not one who is given to shirking his duty in the way that some Ministers are doing. Some time ago, a very plain question was placed upon the business-paper by the honorable and learned member for Parkes, touching a preference which had been granted by the Postmaster-General to certain tenderers for postal supplies. At first, by a shuffle -which might be called indecent - the Postmaster-General attempted-

Mr Reid - I rise to a point of order. I wish to ask whether it is in order for an honorable member to refer to a Minister as somebody who is shuffling in an indecent manner ?

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