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Friday, 25 June 1915

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - There are legal questions involved. The honorable senator spoke to me about his desire last week, and I am now making inquiries to ascertain if there is any legal objection to that course being followed. When I get a reply on that point I will inform him whether 'the papers can be laid on the table of the Library.

Senator GUTHRIE - Does the Minister understand clearly that what I want is not the cost of the charter, but merely the conditions of the charter?

Senator PEARCE - Even in regard to that matter I feel that I ought to have legal advice before I commit myself to laying the charter-parties on the table of the Library, which is equivalent to making them public.

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