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Friday, 22 April 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers are -

1.   The Government have received through the Governor-General a petition presented to His Majesty the King by the Rev. J. B. Ronald.

2.   The Government are not aware of the statement, if any, made by the late High Commissioner in connexion with this matter. 3 and 4. The Prime Minister has previously stated that the Commonwealth Government has no jurisdiction in this case, which is one entirely within the province of the Victorian

State Government, to whom the matter was referred. The petition presented to His Majesty by Mr. Ronald was referred, at the King's command, through the Governor-General, for consideration; so far as the Government are aware His Majesty did not command that an inquiry be held.

5.   Yes.

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