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Thursday, 18 August 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- (By leave) -I desire to make a personal explanation in regard to tie correspondencewhich has been placed on the table of the Library for the information of' honorable' senators. Thewhole incident; I may say; arose from the allegation made against me by the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) that until I had been refused a divisional command Ihad not made any objection to the divisional scheme, or to any other of the Defence proposals recently before us. In refers ence to that statement, I pointed out that; bo far from being eager for a divisional command, I had, atthe very earliest opportunity, when itwas officially mentioned to me, stated that Iwould not accept any such appointment until I had had an opportunity of consideringin detail the Government proposals. That was I understand) denied by the Minister, whereupon Senator Duncan, contrary 'to my wishes, bb expressed to him at the time, requested that the papers be laid on the table of the Library. On examination of the file, I saw no trace of the original letter on the subject, and requested its production. It is now explained that such a letter was sent, but that it was a personal letter to me, and has been destroyed.

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