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Thursday, 13 November 1930

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon W Kingsmill (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the honorable senator to confine his remarks to the subject before the Chair.

Senator DUNN - Personally, I am not concerned with the nature of the report which will be presented by the committee, because I know that it will be based on the evidence of witnesses who are politically opposed to the Labour party. Notwithstanding the composition of the committee, the Government afforded it every facility for pursuing its inquiries with the exception that it required the members of the committee to pay their own expenses. Probably that is why the committee is now endeavouring to harass the Government.

Senator Sampson - Is that why the honorable senator declined to act on the committee?

Senator DUNN - I thanked Senator Glasgow for nominating me as a member of the committee, but said I was not prepared to act on it.

Senator Sir George Pearce - Especially without pay!

The PRESIDENT - The remarks of the honorable senator have nothing whatever to do with the subject before the


Senator DUNN - I appeal to honorable senators opposite not to press for this further postponement. I do not know what is in the mind of the Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Daly), but, personally, I should like a division to be called for. Should the motion be proceeded with, I hope that it will be defeated.

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