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Wednesday, 12 October 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (for Senator Elliott) asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that an inquiry into the Ordnance Branch of the Australian Imperial Force in England was held under the presidency of Brigadier-General J. C. Stewart, C.M.G., D.S.O.?

2.   What was the finding of the Board?

3.   Is it a fact that, because it was found that there was evidence that a number of officers of high . rank in the Australian Imperial Force were more or less concerned in the irregularities, the inquiry was hurriedly closed down?

4.   Will the Minister lay on the table of the Senate the evidence and finding (if any) of the Board!

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

1.   Yes.

2.   The two findings of the Board dealt with many subjects and cover many pages. It is not possible to give a concise reply to this question.

3.   No. The inquiry was not hurriedly closed down. The Board was first assembled in England and re-assembled in Australia, where it completed its investigations.

4.   The papers asked for will be laid on the Library table.

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