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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr THOMAS (for Mr. Hughes) asked the Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that the Government have declared that the case of James Burns, of the Volunteer Permanent Staff of New South Wales, is not one for their consideration, but is one for the State Government to deal with?

2.   Did James Burns serve on the Volunteer Permanent Staff of New South Wales for a period of ten years one month and twenty days - from11th December, 1885, to 31st January, 1896?

3.   Did James Burns serve as a volunteer with the late New South Wales Contingent in Egypt, in the rank of a colour-sergeant, and was he mentioned in despatches?

4.   Did Major-General Hutton, at the first infantry school of instruction, single James Burns out as an example of smartness and ability to the other staff -sergeants?

5.   Did Major-General Hutton, besides publicly commending Quartermaster-Sergeant Burns to the staff-sergeants, rell the Chief Secretary, after discharging him, that he was one of the best men he had ; if so, why was no character entered on his discharge?

6.   Will the Government grant him compensation at the rate of a month's pay for each year's service, if his discharge was illegal and wrongful ?

7.   Was Quartermaster-Sergeant Burns generally acknowledged by his superior officers to possess superior qualifications and ability?

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