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Wednesday, 22 November 1905

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - As honorable senators may imagine, I am well satisfied with the progress that has been made. I had not anticipated that the debate on the second reading would have terminated until, at any rate, late to-night. I recognise the force of what Senator Pearce has said on the one hand, and also what Senator Clemons has said on the other, and I. only wish I could agree with both. There is no doubt that some honorable senators who have left the Chamber may desire to address themselves to some of the items in the early part of the schedule; and if we were to proceed, the Government might be asked to recommit certain items.

Senator Clemons - I am afraid the Minister is about to establish a very dangerous precedent.

Senator PLAYFORD - Under the circumstances, I am rather inclined to agree with Senator Pearce.

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