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Friday, 8 July 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers are as follow: - 1 and 2. I have seen statements by Mr. Ashworth in the press, but am not disposed to order any inquiry upon the reckless utterances of irresponsible people. If Mr. Ashworth has any information connected with the matter being inquired into by the'.joint Parliamentary Committee of Public Accounts, he should at once place that information before that body. This, I suggest, would be a much fairer .course than publicly impugning either the integrity or capacity, of individual officers.

3.   No. He is a rejected volunteer. "

4.   Mr. Petersonwas appointed by Colonel Walker, who was then administering the War Service Homes Act, section 15 of that measure empowering him to make such appointments as he deemed necessary. I understand that the late Commissioner appointed Mr. Peterson because of the capacity and energy displayed by the- latter when -on the staff of the Repatria- tion Department, lt may be mentioned that this appointment was not made until three (3) apparently fully .qualified returned soldiers, had been tried for the work.

5.   Chief clerk, War Service Homes Commission, £700; chief clerk, War Service Homes Commission, £600; private secretary, Repatriation Department, £430; clerk, Department of Works and Railways, £220; clerk, Department of Trade and Customs, £150; assistant, Post-; master-General's Department, £132.

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