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Thursday, 14 June 1906

Senator PLAYFORD - The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follow : - 1 and 2. His Excellency the Governor-General assented to the Bills referred to, a declaration of which fact was duly gazetted.

Senator PEARCE - Arising out of the last question, I should like to ask the Minister of Defence whether it has not been the continuous practice since the inauguration of theFederal Parliament for the consent of the Governor-General to be communicated to both Houses of the Parliament; and, if that be so, why, in relation to the two Bills referred to, that practice was not followed?

Senator PLAYFORD - I havenot the information at my disposal to enable me to answer the honorable senator. If he will give notice of his question, I will look into the subject. The answers which I have given to-day were only put into my hand a short time ago, and I have had no opportunity of ascertaining whether the case is as the honorable senator has stated it to be.

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