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Thursday, 10 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . -I should not have risen to reply if honorable senators had allowed the measure to pass a little earlier, but there is still plenty of time. I want to correct one statement made by the Leader of the Opposition. There are many other statements which I would also like to correct, but I shall not waste the time of the Senate by doing so to-night. When the honorable senator referred to one month's Supply of £882,000 and multiplied it by three, making a total of £2,600,000 odd, he thought that he had discovered something. But if he had looked down, he would have found that the one month's Supply included £50,000 for refunds of revenue, and £150,000 for the Treasurer's Advance; while the three months' Supply with which we are dealing includes only £75,000 for refunds of revenue, and £150,000 for the Treasurer's Advance. If you multiply the £150,000 by three, and the £50,000 by three, you will get a difference of £400,000. That does away with anything in the argument of Senator Millen with respect to the disparity between the first one month's Supply and this three months' Supply. I think it is only fair that it should be pointed out, in the hope that Senator Millen, before he makes rash statements again, will take the trouble to find out the correct position.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sill read a first and second time.

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