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Thursday, 19 November 1914

Senator KEATING (TASMANIA) - Does the duty to which Colonel Pethebridge is detailed involve an appointment to another position which . may or may not be of a permanent character, but which will carry with it almost twice his present salary ? If that be the case, is it not the initiation of a. new policy which, of course, was not contemplated before the war?

Senator PEARCE - The statement of the honorable senator is based on a statement which appeared in the press, and of which I was not the author - of which some other lively imagination was the author. Colonel Pethebridge will go to the islands at his present salary. He will not vacate the position of permanent head of the Defence Department. He will return to that position, and no arrangement is being made as to salary, except that he is to be given a sufficient allowance while doing special work.

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