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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator cannot debate the answer to a question.

Senator CLEMONS - I want to ask a question arising out of the reply, and that is whether the Minister of Defenca will make the answer in his place at the table to the question which' has been properly asked by Senator Macfarlane, so that the whole Senate may know what it is, and so that it shall not be made, as he intended in a private way to that honorable senator. I was astonished that he should have made such a remark.

The PRESIDENT - Order ! That is comment.

Senator CLEMONS - I ask if the Minister's answer to Senator Macfarlane's question will be made public, and at what date?

Senator PLAYFORD - Of course, it will be made public. I said that I would give the answer to the honorable senator. I did not mean that I would give it to him privately.

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