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Wednesday, 12 September 1906


Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - The object of this motion is as plain as a pikestaff. It is to shelve the Bill. I ask those honorable senators who voted for the second reading to stick to their guns. If they do, there is no doubt as to the fate of the motion. I am not going to argue the question now. We have had a full debate, and honorable senators ought to be in a position to make up their minds. This proposal for a Select Committee is for the purpose of shelving the Bill, and for no other purpose. There is no necessity for the motion, and Senator Millen is well aware of that fact. There would be no possibility of a Select Committee bringing up a report.


Senator Millen - I know what the Minister has been doing this afternoon. I know what has been going on.


Senator PLAYFORD - I have been doing nothing.


Senator Millen - I know what has been done.


Senator PLAYFORD - Honorable senators who voted for the Bill can. be cross-examined if necessary, and will be able to say whether any influence has been brought to bear upon them. If Senator Mi.!' en knows all about the matter, what need is there for a Select Committee? As I have said, the motion is only a subterfuge for the purpose of shelving the Bill, and I ask those honorable senators who supported the second reading to vote against the motion.







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