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Wednesday, 29 November 1905

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) - Some honorable senators, including myself, were not here upon the former occasion, and, therefore, we cannot be accused of having gone back upon what we had formerly done.

Senator CLEMONS(Tasmania). - I cannot allow the remark of the Minister of Defence to pass without comment. He has told us twenty times before that it is of the utmost importance to pass the Bill without delay. He has now gone further than ever before, inasmuch as he has stated that if the question of paying the salaries of the civil servants at the usual date were not involved, he would not ask honorable senators to reverse their previous decision.

Senator Playford - Not upon this point.

Senator CLEMONS - Every time that Senator Playford makes that statement he deliberately implies that the fault rests with ourselves. Does he allege that I am in any way responsible for the delay which has occurred ?

Senator Playford - No.

Senator CLEMONS - I am very glad to have the Minister's admission, even at this late stage of the sitting.

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