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Wednesday, 22 August 1906


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

1.   Mr. Burnswas informed that his claim for compensation was not one for Commonwealth consideration.

2.   Yes.

3.   4, and 5. There is no information to that effect in the office of the Central Administration. The only information available is to the effect that when Mr. Burns applied for reemployment or compensation in 1902, Colonel MacKenzie, the Assistant Adjutant-General in New South Wales, wrote a minute to the effect that Burns' services were dispensed with in 1896, after two months' leave, that his conduct while on the staff was not too satisfactory, and no trace could be found of his name having been submitted to the State Government for compensation. In forwarding this minute on the 4th August,1902, General Hutton confirmed Colonel MacKenzie's statement, and added " I should not in any case have been prepared to recommend this ex-Staff-Sergeant for any special consideration, as his conduct was unsatisfactory."

6.   No. His dicharge took place five vears before Federation, and the Government cannot accept any responsibility for same.

7.   Not known.







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