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Wednesday, 12 May 1920

Mr RILEY (South Sydney) .- I do not think the company would object to an investigation of its affairs; but the fact that it is proposed to go back and examine into the affairs of F. W. Hughes and Company would seem to indicate that there is something wrong with the contract.

Mr Higgs - I did not say so.

Mr RILEY - But that might be inf erred. I should not object if the amendment were made broad enough to take in all shipping, coal, and other companies with which the Government have done business or made contracts.

Mr Fenton - The amendment is broad enough.

Mr RILEY - Only one company is mentioned, and I understand that the amendment is not retrospective in regard to other companies.

Mr Tudor - Yes, it is.

Mr RILEY - I shall be pleased if that is the case. Messrs. F. W. Hughes and Company offered to show their books, and everything done was agreed to by the Government and the Wool Board. If the amendment is wide enough, as suggested, I do not see much objection to it.

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