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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Home and Territories) [12.11], - I lay on the table, by command, the report of the royal commission which was appointed to inquire into N Norfolk oik Island affairs, and I move -

That the paper be printed.

Following upon a resolution for the appointment of a royal commission to inquire into the affairs of Norfolk Island, which was passed by the House of Representatives last year, Mr. Francis Whysall, late Deputy Postmaster-General of New South Wales, was in January last appointed to be a royal commissioner to inquire into and report upon the system of administration in and in connexion with the Territory of Norfolk Island, and to investigate any complaints by residents of the territory in regard to local conditions, with, a view to the suggestion of such remedial measures as he might consider desirable. The royal commissioner has now completed his investigations, and furnished a report thereon to His Excellency the Governor-General. As this report was adverse to the present Administrator, Colonel E. T. Leane, C.B.E., and recommended that he be recalled without delay, the Administrator was supplied with a copy and invited to offer any observations in reply thereto that he might desire to make. The royal commissioner's report, and the Administrator's comments thereon, have been carefully considered by the Government, and it has been decided to terminate Colonel Leane's appointment upon, the expiry of two months' leave of absence which has been granted to him as from the 16th August, 1926.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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