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Thursday, 10 March 1932

Mr BLAKELEY (Darling) .- Honorable members are indebted not only to the honorable member for Northern Territory (Mr. Nelson) for his disclosures, but also to the Minister for Home Affairs (Mr. Archdale Parkhill) for his lucid statement in reply. The circumstances referred to are obviously of long standing, since they date back to 1927. At no time during my term of office as Minister for Home Affairs was this matter brought under my notice, not even on the18th December last. At that time I was away at Broken Hill, and the Minister temporarily in charge of the department dealt with the case that had been submitted to the department.

Mr Gabb - That Minister, whoever he was, did the right thing.

Mr BLAKELEY - That is so. I am glad to have the assurance of the Minister that a searching inquiry will be made into the allegations of the honorable member for Northern Territory. As his predecessor in office, I shall be only too pleased to assist him if it is within my power to do so.

Question resolved in the negative.

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