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Tuesday, 10 July 1906

Mr WILKINSON (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Can the Prime Minister assure the House that he will defer the making of appointments to the Executive and Legislative Councils of Papua, and will not fill the LieutenantGovernorship until the House has had an opportunity to discuss the motion moved by me on Thursday last, and made an Order of the Day for the 26th July.

Mr DEAKIN - Not knowing exactly why the honorable member prefers this request in regard to appointments to the Legislative Council of Papua, I shall be glad if he will submit his reasons to me in private. 1 have already undertaken that no appointments to the Public Service of the Territory shall be made until the House has had an opportunity to discuss the subject. That opportunity may be afforded by the introduction of' the Estimates before the honorable member's motion is disposed of, but, in any case, honorable members will be able to express their views on the matter before any appointments are made.


Mr. SPEAKERreported the receipt of a message from His Excellency the Governor-General, recommending that an appropriation be made from the Consolidated Revenue for the purposes of this Bill.


Mb. McDONALD (for Mr. Maloney) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   What was the date of the last inspection of the Castlemaine section of the Eighth Australian Infantry Regiment by the State Commandant ?

2.   Was its Commanding Officer present then ; and, if not, what reason was given for his absence?

3.   Was the Commanding Officer engaged that night at Colac attacking the Government and the Minister for Defence at a political meeting ?

4.   What distinction does the Defence Department make between this officer and the sixteen men discharged from the Warrnambool Battery Tor non-attendance at parade?

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