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Tuesday, 22 November 1910

Senator MCGREGOR - It has already been pointed out that such questions as have been asked by the honorable senator on this occasion ought to be made the subjectmatter of returns, because they involve a good deal of trouble, and also affect members of each House of the Parliament. I feel certain that Senator Givens would be the last to strike from behind, and is always prepared to come out in the open. If a return were moved for, the motion could be discussed, and such statements or reasons might be given as would explain it. If the honorable senator will move for a return the Government will do all they possibly can to furnish him with the desired information.

Senator GIVENS - I should like to know whether the Government would facilitate the passage of a motion of that kind at this stage of the session, because, if so, I should be very happy to adopt the suggestion of the Minister. Honorable senators know that at the close of a session if anybody calls " not formal " a motion cannot be moved.

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