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Wednesday, 22 October 1913

Senator DE LARGIE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - This appears to be an opportune time to point out that the work of the Chinn Select Committee has been much hampered because of the very slow manner in which the Government are supplying it with papers. The Senate empowered the Committee to call lor all the papers connected with the case. Yet we have asked for quite a number of papers which, up to date, have not been supplied.

Senator Oakes - Is this a speech or a question ? I was pulled up the other day, Mr. President.

The PRESIDENT - The honorable senator must not reflect on the Chair.

Senator Oakes - I have no intention of doing so.

Senator DE LARGIE - When a somewhat similar question was raised by Senator Pearce, I thought the time an opportune one 'to bring under the notice of Ministers the dilatory manner in which papers are being supplied to the Chinn Select Committee. I do not hold honorable gentlemen opposite responsible for the delay, but I hope that they will bring this matter before their colleagues, with a view to having the papers supplied at the earliest possible moment.

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