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Thursday, 26 July 1906

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

Whether, in view of Captain Creswell's explanation " that he decided to return .... in consequence of the nature of certain confidential information which he received from the Colonial Office on the 8th June, and also the fact that the cabled permission to remain for the manoeuvres indicated that his early return was desirable " -

1.   Is the Minister aware of the nature of the above confidential information?

2.   Was the confidential information above referred to received from the permanent or official head of the Colonial Office, or from one of the officers of that Department?

3.   Was it from this source that he derived the information, which he in an interview subsequently supplied to the Age newspaper, that the Imperial Defence Committee was opposed to his proposals for the creation of Australian torpedoboat flotillas?

4.   Did it refer to the nature or effect of the Imperial Defence Committee's Report on Australian Defences?

5.   Was the Government's cabled permission for Captain Creswell to remain for the Naval manoeuvres worded in any grudging spirit?

6.   Could the same be laid upon the table of the House?

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