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Wednesday, 17 September 1919

Mr HUGHES - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : - 1 and 2. Mr. Starke was engaged by the Commonwealth Government at the request of the chairman, made to the Government on 30th September, 1918. Prior to that, Mr. Starke had, at the personal request of the chairman, assisted the Commission in eliciting facts in connexion with the Shaw wireless transaction.

3.   The amount paid to Mr. Starke was £119 5s., being fees paid for professional services subsequent to 30th September, 1918. For assistance rendered by Mr. Starke to the Commission prior to that date Mr. Starke declined to make any charge whatever.

4.   Prior to the special inquiry, which began, on 12th November, 1918, the Commission, in the course of their ordinary investigation, examined Carroll on 14th and 16th May, 1918. Mr. Starke assisted on the latter date in the examination for the purpose of eliciting the facts.

Mr HIGGS asked the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice - 1, Whether Augustine Carroll, a witness before the Royal Commission on Naval and Defence Administration, was granted a passport to leave Australia, and on what date? 2, What was the name of the Minister who approved of the granting of the passport? 3, To what country was Carroll granted a passport?

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