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Tuesday, 10 December 1912

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .- The Minister of Defence said I charged him with suppressing a schedule to a Bill. I did nothing of the kind. I could not have done so, because I had at the time the two Bills in my hand. I knew he had the wrong Bill. What I did charge him with was that he stated that no statement as to how the money was to be spent was submitted when the then Treasurer asked for a loan. It was submitted. I did not charge him with suppressing anything.

Senator Rae - You said it was dishonest.

Senator McCOLL - No; I said that he made an inaccurate statement. I put it mildly, and, I think, politely. He said that Sir George Turner had submitted proposals for a loan without submitting what that loan was for, and there were one or two senators on the other side who made sneering interjections on that remark. I did not charge the Minister with suppressing the schedule to any Bill, but I did charge him with making a statement that was not correct.

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