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Thursday, 23 August 1906


Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Mr. Reid did not make any request, but merely a suggestion. I have in this matter acted in all good faith, and taken the usual course under the circumstances. Complaint was made that the Judiciary Bill was not being pressed forward, and I saw the leader of the Opposition in this chamber, and said that on the following day, if he had no objection, I intended to consider the so-called' Anti-Trust Bill until the dinner hour.


Senator Clemons - How . could the Minister of Defence do that after the final and definite statement he had made?


Senator PLAYFORD - My "final and definite statement " was subject to conditions.


Senator Clemons - Only if "something extraordinary " took place.


Senator PLAYFORD - It was "extraordinary" to find the leader- of the Opposition in another place.


Senator Trenwith - What has another place to do with the Senate?


Senator PLAYFORD - I took the opportunity to inform the leader of the Opposition in the Senate what I proposed to do, and he saw no objection. Further, I rose in my place, and stated my intentions, and no honorable senator objected. I did what I thought was right and proper; and all I can say is that I am exceedingly sorry if honorable senators were unintentionally deceived or inconvenienced in any way. Perhaps, the better way in the future would be not to make any promises, and thus avoid trouble.


Senator Millen - Is it the intention of the Government in the future to acquiesce in Mr. Reid's suggestions as they have on this occasion?


Senator PLAYFORD - I do not know. The Government always desire to consider the! leader of the Opposition in any reasonable request.


Senator Clemons - The Minister did not tell the leader of the Opposition in the Senate of the statement made the day before.


Senator PLAYFORD - I should say that the leader of the Opposition was here and heard the statement.


Senator Clemons - I am sure he did not hear it.


Senator PLAYFORD - All I can say is that I am very sorry if any honorable senator was deceived, or prevented from being present when an important Bill was under discussion.


Senator Clemons - Of course I was deceived, or I should have been here.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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