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Friday, 24 November 1905

Senator CLEMONS (Tasmania) - I should like, sir, with your, permission and the leave of the Senate, to make a personal explanation with regard to a statement I made last night as to my intention to move a motion for a return relating to the supply of stamps to the members of the Senate. I have looked into the matter, and I find that at present - I shall only say at present - it is rather difficult for me to move that a return be prepared if it is to be satisfactory and accurate. It is only for that reason that this morning I have not gone on with the matter. I do not intend to abandon my intention, but before taking any step I should prefer to confer, possibly with you, sir, as to the best means by which an accurate return could be provided. If I may be permitted, I shall explain one difficulty which I met with at once. The practice of honorable senators is to write as many letters as they please in, for instance, the club room, and place them in a basket, to be taken away bythe attendant and stamped. You will see, sir, that under these circumstances it is quite impossible for any one to say who has written letters and to whom the postage ought to be debited.

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