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Thursday, 10 June 1915

Senator PEARCE - An inquiry was made into the matter, and as the result of it a German who was employed there has been interned.

Senator Millen - How long had he been there?

Senator PEARCE - I cannot say.

Senator KEATING - May I ask the Minister if the individual referred to is the person whose duty was to test, and, in consequence, to accept or reject, the ammunition, and, if not, will he have inquiries made with regard to the nationality or origin of the officer who discharges those duties?

Senator PEARCE - The German in question was not an employee of the Commonwealth.

Senator Keating - Quite so.

Senator PEARCE - He was an employee of the Colonial Ammunition Company, hut I am not aware what his duties were. If the honorable senator will give notice of a question concerning his duties, I will endeavour to ascertain what they were.

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