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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator McCOLL - I have no knowledge of the matter.

Senator GUTHRIE - Following up my question, I wish to ask the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether instructions have been given to the Electoral Department that men in the merchant service should not be entitled to enrolment in respect of their ship address? Is it a fact that the privilege granted to men of the Australian Navy has been denied to men in the merchant service?

Senator McCOLL - Not to my knowledge, and certainly not as the result of any instruction given by me.

Senator Guthrie - Is it a fact that the Department has issued such an instruction ? Surely the Minister controlling the Department ought to know.

Senator McCOLL - The honorable senator must have sense enough to know that a Minister cannot be expected to be prepared to give an answer to every question put to him without notice. I cannot carry with me every detail relating to the Department. I repeat that no such instruction has been given by me, and that I know of no such instruction having been issued.

Senator Guthrie - I give notice of my question for a later hour in the day.

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