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Friday, 13 December 1912

The PRESIDENT - It has been decided that half-a-dozen copies of the debates shall be sent to every honorable senator who so desires. There will be spare copies, which will be distributed in different directions; but I should like to know, in order that the necessary instructions may be given, whether honorable senators will be satisfied with the number of copies I have mentioned, or will require to be furnished with more.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD - May I ask, sir, as a matter of ordinary humanity to the people of the Commonwealth, whether it ' is possible to have a condensation, or a precis, made of all the speeches in a small pamphlet, instead of issuing the full report?

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - I have no objection to that course being adopted.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD - It would be a very useful thing. .

The PRESIDENT - I do not think that Mr. Speaker and myself should be called upon to be responsible for the condensing of speeches. I feel perfectly satisfied that, however well .the work might be done, it would not give satisfaction to any member of either House.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - Is it possible, sir, to place the matter in the hands of an expert?

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