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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

Senator MILLEN - I desire to ask the Minister whether I am correct in assuming that some time ago the Government promised to afford the Senate an opportunity to discuss these questions? I would also like to know whether the Ministry intend to afford us that opportunity?

Senator FINDLEY - The promise which was made was that the regulations relating to the census questions would be /aid on the table of the Senate, and that, in the event of any honorable senator tabling a motion or an amendment in respect of them, they would be open to discussion.

Senator Vardon - That was not the original promise.

Senator FINDLEY - That is the definite promise which was made later on.

Senator Pearce - The original promise was withdrawn.

Senator Vardon - Exactly.

Senator Givens - Can the Government withdraw a promise?

Senator Pearce - The conditions attached to it were not fulfilled.

Senator FINDLEY - At any rate, that is the promise which was made, and that is the course which the Government intend to follow.

Senator MILLEN - I wish to ask £he Government whether, in the event of any honorable senator tabling such a motion, they will furnish the Senate with an opportunity to discuss it?

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