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Thursday, 11 August 1921


Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - I saw that the honorable senator had stated in the press that there was such correspondence, and I askedto be supplied with the papers, whereupon a search was made, and I was informed that they are not in existence, and that no such offer was made. I then gave the instruction that a telegram should be sent to Brigadier-General Brand, who was' Commandant for the district at the time the offer is said to. have been made, and he replied that, neither privately, personally, nor officially had he made to Brigadier-General

Elliott any such offer as has been mentioned. In view of the honorable sen a tor's further statement to-day, I shall again inquire whether there are such papers in existence, or any record of any such offer as he has spoken of having been made.


Senator Gardiner - If, on further search, it is found that the Minister has been misled by his officers, will there be any vacancies in the Defence Department!


Senator PEARCE - If I find that any officer has deliberately misled me in the matter, there will certainly be a vacancy.







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