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Tuesday, 18 May 1920


Mr STORY (for Mr. Marr) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is the intention of the Government to afford an opportunity to Parliament of discussing the report of the Economies Commission before adopting any recommendations?

2.   In view of the fact that a number of senior officers of the Public Service have been condemned, principally upon hearsay evidence, will the 'Government afford such officers an opportunity of replying to the accusations made against them? ,

3.   Is it a fact that one officer who had been adversely reported upon by Mr. Templeton issued a writ to that gentleman, upon receipt of which he promptly withdrew everything he had said detrimental to the officer concerned, and publicly apologized, thus stultifying portion of his report to the Government?

4.   Is it considered to be in the best interests of the Service that a junior officer should be appointed to report upon the work of his seniors ?

5.   How long has Mr. Templeton been absent from his own Department in Queensland and engaged upon this Commission?

6.   What expenses does Mr. Templeton draw per diem, and how much has been incurred, or paid, to the end of April last?







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