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Wednesday, 19 November 1913

Senator MILLEN - I, at any rate, am candid enough to admit that there are some things in this world which I do not claim to know. I understand that Senators Russell and Needham know everything which ever was or ever will be.

Senator Russell - I am admiring your new virtue - candour.

Senator MILLEN - I admit at once that I was not aware of the existence of the standing order. I only wish that there were more of such Standing Orders that we might fall back upon. The position remains that the Government, in the interest of business proceeding, took action which it had a perfect right to take, and thereupon went on with business in the other House. Just as we cease to do business here when they do, seeing the action the Government have taken there, we are entitled now to proceed to the discharge of public business. Honorable senators opposite are those who to-day are frustrating that effort, who are deliberately drawing a log across the track of public work. Here is the work now prepared to go on with, and honorable senators opposite must take the responsibility of deliberately and openly attempting to prevent business from being done. The Leader of the Opposition made a reference to the true friends of constitutional government. Search the history of constitutional government, and find a case where action has been taken like that which is being taken here to-day. I welcome it. There need be no doubt about the fact that the whole purpose of the Opposition since Parliament has met has been to frustrate public business.

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - That is not true.

Senator MILLEN - It is true.

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Not in this Chamber, at any rate.

Senator MILLEN - It is perfectly right. The endeavour of the Opposition since Parliament has met has been to prevent public business from being put through.

Senator Rae - Where?

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