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Wednesday, 29 August 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I think I might ask the Minister of Defence to give honorable ' senators some indication of whether or not we shall be able to proceed with business this afternoon. From a statement which appeared in a newspaper recently, it appears that Senator McGregor affirmed that the business would proceed conditionally on the Labour Party receiving a " humble apology " from the Government. The Senate, I think, has a right to know whether that humble apology has been tendered, and, if so, something of the terms in which it has been couched.

Senator Croft - We are waiting for the honorable senator's apology on the part of the Government, for whom he spoke the other day.

Senator MILLEN - It would save a great deal of time if we had the information I ask for. As to Senator Croft's interjection, I car.' only say that it seems to me that on Friday last I unconsciously contributed to the discomfort which the Government experienced, by taking what, for me, was the unusual course of saying a. word or two on behalf of the administration of the Government. I desire to assure the Minister that it is not frequently that I make that error, and that I shall see that the occasions on which I do so in future are as few as possible.

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