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Friday, 6 December 1912


Senator GUTHRIE (South Australia) . - I intend to support Senator Stewart's amendment that the report be referred back to the Committee for the printing of the paper to which he has referred.


The PRESIDENT - Senator Stewarthas not moved that the report be referred back to the Committee, but that certain papers which he has named shall be printed.


Senator GUTHRIE - I consider that the whole Parliament, and not merely one branch of it, should be supplied with the information contained in all papers tabled in either House. We ought to have information of the money which is being spent upon Government advertising. I have looked through some of the newspapers during the last few months, and have 'found that there is an absolute preference given to some journals in the matter of Government advertising. Why should we not print in the Journals of the Senate papers which are printed in the journals of another place? Why should members of the Senate have to refer to the journals of another place to get information which they want? The Printing Committee make no recommendation with respect to the printing of a paper dealing with the acquisition of land in Perth for the purposes of a General Post Office. I do not know why the Committee should make no recommendation for the. printing of a paper dealing with the acquisition' of land in the centre of a city, and probably at tremendous cost. The paper in connexion with the use of karri sleepers on the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta railway, was laid on the table of the Seriate, but I see no reason why it should not be included in our parliamentary papers. Is there anything in the matter to hide?


Senator Vardon - The honorable senator ought to know that the Printing Committee have only to consider whether it is advisable to print a paper or not.


Senator GUTHRIE - That is so; but, as a member of the Senate, I have a perfect right to say that I desire that this paper should be printed. If Senator Stewart had moved that the report be referred back to the Committee, I should have supported the motion, and I intend to support his motion for the printing of the papers to which he has referred. I do not think that anything in these papers should be hidden from the general public. Probably, there is no member of the Senate who is in a position* to say definitely whether the Government are adopting the right course in using powellised sleepers for the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta railway. We require all the information we can possibly get on the matter. Personally, I am unable to form a judgment on the subject ; but if we are committed to the adoption of an unwise course in the matter, the sooner we retrace our steps the better; and I am not at all satisfied that a wise course has been adopted. I think the information contained in these papers should be printed and included in the Journals of the Senate.







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