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Thursday, 2 August 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - I have no desire to stop the discussion of this question. "We went into Committee tb-night for the purpose of, perhaps, more expeditiously dealing with it.

Senator Millen - I thought that the -object was to facilitate discussion.

Senator KEATING - I thought so too. It has given some honorable senators an opportunity to go over the terms of the contract, although, nominally, a particular article only is before the Chair. I sincerely hope that at the next sitting they will, as far as possible, endeavour to confine their arguments to the amendment before the Committee. I feel that it is my duty to state that, probably, any delay in the ratification of the contract may to some -extent prejudice our prospects thereunder.

Senator Lt Col Gould - The Government have the bond. Surely we are not -expected to rush the thing ^through when the consideration of the contract occupied

Senator KEATING - I do not wish to block discussion. I merely desire to point out to honorable senators for their consideration

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator will have art opportunity of making those observations to-morrow. The question before the Committee is the insertion of certain words, and I ask him to do as he has invited other honorable senators to do, and that is tb confine his remarks to that question. -

Senator KEATING - With the permission oi the Committee, I should like to say a few words in assenting to report progress. I think it is desirable to offer one or two observations which may possibly cause them to expedite the consideration of this proposal to-morrow.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator will have an. opportunity of making those remarks when he is asking leave for the Committee to sit again.

Progress reported.

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