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Thursday, 16 November 1911

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I hope the Committee will not accept the amendment. In submitting it Senator McColl made a statement which is becoming somewhat hackneyed from him. No matter what Labour Minister may be submitting a measure, the honorable senator, on almost every occasion, makes a personal reference to him, suggesting incapacity, apparently with the intention, of making it appear that he is himself the only Solon in this Chamber. Such charges do not become the honorable senator. I have given as much consideration to this measure as Senator McColl has done. This provision was discussed almost threadbare the last time we dealt with this Bill, but no matter how long we may discuss it, and no matter how much information may be given to honorable senators opposite, this measure will not be acceptable to them. They started out to oppose it tooth and claw, they condemned it lock, stock, and barrel, and in my opinion they have set out purposely to try to delay its passage as long as possible.

Senator Millen - That will not expedite it.

Senator FINDLEY - Whether it will or not, the measure is going through.

Senator Millen - Of course, it is ; the Caucus told the honorable senator that.

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