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Friday, 18 June 1915

Senator GARDINER - By whom?

Senator STEWART - The advice of persons who have no particular standing, or, at any rate, of one person in connexion with the delegation, seems to have been taken at one time by the Government and probably turned down at another time. We ought also to have particulars regarding the sum of £150 alleged to have been paid to Mr. Nielsen while he was in quarantine in Washington. This matter was referred to by Mr. Mahon in a communication recently published in the press, stating clearly that Mr. Nielsen could have got over the whole difficulty by writing a letter or sending a telegram, instead of which he stayed in Washington for a full month, during which period the Commonwealth Government had to pay his board and lodging, and advance about £60 for train fares in addition. Unless the Minister has some explanation to offer, honor, able senators will be justified in coming to the conclusion that the money of the Commonwealth is being squandered unnecessarily.

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