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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Prime Minister been drawn to a statement made by the High Commissioner for Australia (Sir Granville Ryrie), which appeared in the press recently, in which he advocated the sale of the Commonwealth line of vessels?

2.   Is it the policy of the Government to allow officers holding such positions to make statements regarding matters thataffect the policy of the Government, and which also vitally affect the people of Australia?

3.   Will the Prime Minister cable the High Commissioner instructing him to refrain from making such statements in future?

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.The answers to the honorable senator's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Prime Minister has seen newspaper reports of certain utterances by the present High Commissioner (Sir Granville Ryrie).

2.   The High Commissioner occupies an office in which he knows no political party, but represents the whole of the Australian people.

3.   The Prime Minister has communicated with Sir Granville Ryrie to ascertain whether reports which have appeared in the Australian press are correct.

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