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Friday, 22 April 1921

Senator GARDINER asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Prime Minister received through the Governor-General a petition of grace presented to His Majesty the King by Mr. Andrew Fisher on behalf of the Hon.J. B. Ronald?

2.   Did not the High Commissioner, when presenting the petition to His Majesty the King, write as follows : - " This man (Ronald) has been the victim of outrageous injustice and comes here (London) for redress"?

3.   Is the Prime Minister of the same opinion that Mr. Ronald was the victim of outrageous injustice?

4.   If so, is he not in duty bound to correct such injustice, if he has a mandate from His Majesty the King in person to inquire into the circumstances which brought about this denial of British justice?

5.   Has the attention of the Prime Minister been drawn to a statement in the Age on 6th April instant, under the heading of " The Census - The case of the Rev. J.B. Ronald," where it was stated that Mr. Ronald, though under a penalty of £50, could not give satisfactory answers to the queries - " Are you the head of a household," " What is your occupation," " Are you a married man," " Are you a British subject," all these being negatived by a corrupt verdict?

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