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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

I felt that I ought, in justice to the members of the Permanent Forces, to bring this matter before the Minister, and subsequently before the Senate. The Minister, in a speech in reply, stated that I was actuated by unworthy motives, and that my statements were in accordance with a threat I had made to make things uncomfortable for him during this session. In view of the fact that the Minister has seen fit, after giving the matter further consideration, to act as I suggested, I think it would be only a graceful act on his part to relieve me of that charge. I assured him then that I had no intention of causing him the slightest inconvenience or embarrassment, but he did not seem disposed to accept that view. Having regard to the latest developments, however, I think I am justified in asking the Minister to relieve me, as publicly as he charged me, of any intention of bringing this matter forward for the purpose of making tilings uncomfortable for him. I had no other object than to do what I considered my duty. I have never seen either Lieutenant Davis or Lieutenant Tackaberry two distinguished members of the Permanent Forces, and I have never met Captain Payne, whose appointment led to this controversy. All I desired was that worthy and capable officers of the Permanent Staff should receive from the Minister of Defence that consideration to which I thought they were entitled, and I did resent at the time the accusation which the Minister made, and which I feel sure he will now do me the justice of withdrawing.

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