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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I listened Very carefully to the observations of the Vice-President of the Executive Council, but they did not affect me in the slightest. Australia is responsible for the presence of Sir George Reid in London as High Commissioner. The Commonwealth is paying £[350 a year to his private secretary. I venture to say that there are men in the Public Service of Australia who have a better knowledge of Manchester, London, Birmingham, and Glasgow than has the gentleman who has been appointed to that position.

Senator McGregor - The honorable senator is not jealous, is he?

Senator NEEDHAM - I was not in favour of the appointment of Sir George Reid to his present position, because I recognised that he was not imbued with a truly Australian national sentiment. Now he has exhibited his lack of patriotism by appointing as his private secretary a gentleman who is imbued with the same spirit as himself. I do trust that if any additions are to be made to the staff of the High Commissioner in future a preference will be given to Australians over applicants from other parts of the world.

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