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Thursday, 11 September 1913


The PRESIDENT - Is it the pleasure of the Senate that Senator McGregor have leave to make a statement?

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear.


Senator McGREGOR - In view of the statement which you, sir, made yesterday, and of the correspondence which has passed between the Clerk of Parliament and the Prime Minister in reference to a Select Committee of the Senate, and in view also of the fact that the Senate possesses coordinate powers with the House of Representatives, and has the same privileges and immunities as that body, and also as the House of Commons, I wish to enter my emphatic protest on behalf of the Opposition at the action of the Prime Minister in depriving that Committee of the opportunity to make the fullest inquiry into any matter which it has been appointed to investigate. On account of the Prime Minister's action in refusing to furnish the necessary funds to enable such inquiry to be undertaken, it is absolutely necessary that we should enter our protest, so that our apparent acquiescence on this occasion may not be regarded as a precedent in the future. I enter my protest, and hope that it will be noted.







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