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Thursday, 23 November 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Hon.orary Minister) . - I do not think there would be any objection to the motion being; passed if it were to be understood that the course followed would be that indicated by Senator Stewart in moving it. Thepapers in this case, which I understand arevery bulky, are in Brisbane at the present time, and are required in connexion with the case coming on between Hart and the Commonwealth Government. There has been a good deal written and published' about the case by Hart and by others, and it might not be advisable that the papersshould be brought down from Brisbane, tabled here, and perhaps made the subject" of a general discussion while the matter is sub judice, as such a discussion might prejudice the decision of the case one way or the other. I" understand that there is not the slightest objection to the tabling of the papers as soon as conveniently may be, after they have been used for the purpose for which they were sent to Brisbane.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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