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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator GARDINER - In view of the serious occurrences that have taken place in Sydney, will the Minister for. Defence appoint a Select Committee of the Senate to make a full inquiry into the whole business ?

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - What business?

Senator GARDINER - I thought that honorable senators were acquainted with it. I refer to those serious occurrences and riot

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable senator means Mr. Judd and his revolver. The Sydney Courts dealt with that.

Senator GARDINER - The Sydney Courts dealt with one individual. I would notbe allowed to make a statement in asking a question, but I thought that Ministers were aware of the fact that there had been serious rioting by returned soldiers in Sydney, who tore down the Australian flag from the Labour party's platforms in the Domain.

The PRESIDENT - Order! The honorable senator is making a statement, and that is not in order.

Senator PEARCE - In the first place, it is not competent for a Minister to appoint a Select Committee. That can only be done by the Senate. In the second place, the maintenance of civil order is the duty of the State Governments, and not of the Commonwealth Government.

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