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Saturday, 21 December 1912

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I desire to acknowledge the remarks of the Vice-President of the Executive Council so far as they have application to honorable senators on this side of the chamber, and to acknowledge with him the very great service which has been rendered to honorable senators by the Hansard staff and the officials here. I feel that I should hardly carry out the purpose for which I rose if, following the example of the VicePresident of the Executive Council, I failed to acknowledge the considerable assistance which the Opposition has received on occasions from such independent senators as Senator Givens and Senator Stewart. We quite appreciate that assistance, and I venture to say that the country at large will be under a debt of gratitude to gentlemen who could occasionally break loose from the bonds of party and express the truth that was in them.

Senator Givens - We have never opposed the Government except when they had the united support of trie Opposition.

Senator MILLEN - Senator Givens, I venture to say-

Senator Givens - The Government ought to be leading me.

Senator McGregor - He is irrepressible.

Senator MILLEN - Very often the Go- .vernment is not leading the honorable senator. On behalf of my friends on this side I wish honorable senators all the compliments of the approaching season.

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