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Thursday, 2 August 1906

Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) .- The Minister of Defence admitted that this Bill was not very fully considered :n another place. When some honorable senators .asked for. certain information, he said that he would get it. The honorable senator asked me what information I desired, and I wrote out two or three long questions, that he might be able to secure answers to them. The Minister now states that he is getting information from all the States, but will not give honorable senators the benefit of it until he speaks himself. The honorable senator may be perfectly right in that ; but, in view of the fact that the information, will be of no use after the matter has been dealt with, I should like to ask if the honorable senator will continue the. debate when it is resumed ?

Senator Playford - - I will give the honorable senator some powder to fire off, but I propose to keep a little for myself.

Senator DOBSON - Are we to understand that before the debate is resumed the information will be supplied by the Minister?

Senator SirJOSIAH SYMON (South Australia^ [6.25]. - I understand that Senator Dobson is urging that the Minister shall carry out his promise to supply the Senate with information on this subject before the debate is resumed. No one desires to poach upon the Minister's preserves,, or to obtain information which he desires to keep up his sleeve for his own speech; but, if there is information which can be laid before the Senate before the debate is resumed, I hope that the Minister will furnish it.

Senator Playford - I will furnish certain information, but not all the information I obtain.

Senator Sir JOSIAH SYMON - Nobody has asked for that. But if there is any information which is not specially required for the Minister's speech, I hope he will enable honorable senators to get the benefit of it.

Senator Playford - I will give Senator Dobson a great deal of information - enough to enable him to make a very good speech.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 6.26 to J. 4.5 p.m.

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