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Thursday, 28 June 1906

Mr EWING - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   Nil.

2.   Sixteen days -9th to the 26th January ; eight days - 2nd to the 10th February ; six days - 26th February to the 3rd March.

3.   No.

4.   No. He was present during part of the examination of some of the witnesses by Major Hawker's solicitor whilst on leave.

5.   No. Regulations provide for accumulated leave of six weeks being granted, as set out in paragraph 476 of the regulations, which applied to Major Bruche.

6.   At Melbourne.

7.   Yes, as he was entitled to more than one week's leave, being balance of his accumulated leave. He is still entitled to six days' leave, balance of accumulated leave for two years.

8.   No.

9.   No ; not necessary for Commandant to notify the granting of this leave.

10.   The Minister has expressed his disapproval of Major Bruche having been present at the examination of any of the witnesses in Major Hawker's case, and informed Major Bruche that such conduct must not occur again.

11.   Yes. On the recommendation of the Promotion Board of which Major-General Finn is President. Promotion recommended on 16th January, and gazetted on 10th March, 1906.

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