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Friday, 4 December 1914

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - I have read the statement in the press, which is not a report from the Defence Department, but a statement made by the newspapers. The other statements to which the honorable senator referred were given by the Defence Department. In this case I have asked for a report on the paragraph, but I have not yet received it.

Senator Keating - There is no reason for keeping his name in the background 1

Senator PEARCE - I do not know that he -actually exists.

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