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Thursday, 4 June 1914

With reference to the telegram from Mr. Price, M.L. A. (W.A.), forwarded by you regarding the case of Jane Alice Osborne, of Mr Barker, I have to inform you that a pension of £26 per annum (20s. per fortnight), from 1st May, 1913, has been granted in this name, and I have wired to the Deputy Commissioner, Perth, to make the instalments of pension due available at once.

It would appear that the delay in determining this claim took place in the office of the Registrar of Pensions at Albany. This official is not an officer of the Commonwealth, and, consequently, the Department has no control over his actions. It might be mentioned that Mrs. Osborne's claim was not received by the Deputy Commissioner at Perth until 25th April, 1914. It will thus be seen that no appreciable delay has occurred since the receipt of the papers by this Department.

I am instructing the Deputy Commissioner to call upon the Registrar for an explanation.

I have the honour to he, sir,

Your obedient servant,

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