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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr CRAMER (BENNELONG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Army) - When 1 went back to :my office after question time yesterday, I found on my desk a letter from the honorable member for New England (Mr. Drummond). I do not know when it arrived; as I was busy all the morning, possibly it could have been there then, but I -did not see it until I returned to my office immediately after question time, during which the honorable member raised this matter. As promised, I immediately looked into it, and 1 found that there had been -correspondence with the department in relation to this matter and that formal acknowledgments had been sent. It is, I understand, a very old matter-

Mr Drummond - Too old!

Mr CRAMER - It concerns an argument between the Showground Association at Glen Innes and the Army. The letters that I had signed were merely formal letters of acknowledgment, and letters undertaking to have the matter investigated. Of course, when I replied to the question I did not have the details in my mind. I shall repeat what I stated then, and that is, that I think lit would have been better if the honorable member had seen me personally about this matter.

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