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Thursday, 24 October 1912

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I do not wish to be captious in regard to this matter, but I would point out that the two reasons advanced in the letter which the President has read for the nondelivery of bound volumes to honorable senators are self-contradictory. The first statement is that the machinery for binding the volumes was not available at the Government Printing Office. The second reason is that the Government Printer had not the addresses of some honorable senators. But if the Government Printing Office could not bind the volumes, it does not matter what the addresses were; the volumes were not available, and could not be supplied. The primary trouble seems to be the inefficiency of the machinery. I take it that that deficiency has been made good, and that thenceforth we may hope for the prompt despatch of the volumes.

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