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Wednesday, 19 September 1906

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) .- A short time ago the Minister of Defence asked me if I was prepared to promise that, so far as .1 am concerned, the Bill would be allowed to go through the Senate by 1 o'clock to-morrow. For two reasons I am not prepared to give a promise of the kind. In th'e first place if I desired to speak to the Bill I might be deprived of the opportunity to speak before that hour had arrived through the time having been taken up by honorable senators. In the second place, I refuse to give the promise to the Minister, because when I was speaking on a certain phase of the matter a night or two ago he very coolly told me that he took na notice of me. t take no notice of him now.

Senator Playford - No; I did not say that.

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