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Friday, 20 July 1906

Mr KELLY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it not a fact that Captain Creswell went to England to gain for the Government " the latest information regarding naval development"?

2.   Is it not a fact that Captain Creswell was invited while in England to attend the naval manoeuvres, held lost month?

3.   Is it not a fact that he accepted this invitation?

4.   Is it not a fact that he afterwards returned to Australia without availing himself of this unique opportunity of gaining actual sea experience, valuable alike to himself and to the Commonwealth?

5.   Is it a fact, as stated in the House yesterday, that he so returned without Ministerial sanction ?

6.   If so, what explanation is offered for this unexpected return?

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